My question involves towing laws for the State of: Florida
I was visiting my daughter who lives in an apartment/condo complex in Florida. I was with my mother and aunt who are elderly (both are over 88 years old) and handicapped and have handicap decals. We spent the night and were parked in a handicap spot directly outside my daughter's apartment building with the handicap decal displayed correctly. By the following morning the car had been towed.
After contacting the towing company, the dispatcher said the tow drivers follow a policy of removing cars from the apartment complex that do not display a residential decal and that there are "visitor" handicap spots that are available. The "visitor" handicap spots she is referring to are not marked any differently than the handicap spot located directly in front of my daughter's (or any of the other apartments) buildings and are located on the complete opposite side of the apartment complex (over 250 feet away).
Were we rightfully towed? Everyone I spoke to at the towing company seemed shocked that we had been towed, but they could do nothing to help and we had to pay $240 in fines before we received our car back.
I believe we were inappropriately towed because I think my mother's disability and handicap status should supersede the need for a residential decal when parking in a handicap spot, but I am not clear on handicap parking and towing laws.
Any information would be appreciated. Thank you!