Vandals Pulled Up "No Parking" Signs, Tossed Them in Plantation Canal

28 of 31 signs along Old Hiatus Road were removed

By Keith Jones
|  Thursday, Jul 18, 2013  |  Updated 1:54 AM EDT
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The city of Plantation is trying to figure out who swiped

The city of Plantation is trying to figure out who swiped "No Parking" signs and threw them in a canal off of Old Hiatus Road. Mayor Diane Bendekovic talked about the signs, which she says in no way is a vendetta against a nearby home known for its Christmas display. Arlene Imbert talked about the signs' impact on traffic in her neighborhood.

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The city of Plantation is trying to figure out who swiped "No Parking" signs and threw them in a canal off of Old Hiatus Road.

The vandals hit between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, Mayor Diane Bendekovic says. Twenty-eight of 31 signs were pulled from the ground, but only 25 were recovered from the canal.

The city paid $4,000 for the signs to alleviate parking complaints along Old Hiatus Road. A lot of people park there to fish in the canal, but local residents complained of trash being left behind.

Coincidentally the new signage went up near the entrance to Northwest 14th Street, where the Hyatt family home sits. It's the home to uber-Christmas decor. It's drawn a lot of criticism from neighbors who have argued against the scores of people, traffic issues, and parking problems.

Bendekovic says the city received permission to erect the signage from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, which owns the land. She says in no way is this a vendetta against the Hyatts and their Christmas display.

The city plans to create walking and horse riding paths, Bendekovic says, "So with the merck trail, of course, we don't want all the work that’s going to be done on the merck trail to be destroyed, and you just can't park there.”

The Hyatts say it's just too coincidental. Nevertheless, Christmas comes every year and with it, their widely popular “Hyatt Extreme Christmas.”

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