Tampa: Food Donations Instead Of Parking Fines?


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Looking for a way out of a parking ticket? Donate some canned goods to a food bank.

That’s a proposal being considered by the Tampa City Council. The program would run for about a month over the winter holidays.

Councilman Guido Maniscalco says the idea is to let people pay off some of their parking fines by donating food to the needy.

Tallahassee launched a similar program in November that lets first-time parking offenders get $1 of credit toward their fine for every food item donated.

The cap is $50.

The program brought in 297 pounds of food, enough for 250 meals.

Tampa officials will consider the proposal on Thursday.

Most parking fines in Tampa run $25 or $30. Parking in a handicapped spot runs $251.