Palmetto Bay resident drives military-style tanks by means of residential streets – CBS St John
PALMETTO BAY (CBSSt John) – Residents of the normally quiet community of Palmetto Bay in South Florida grunt after seeing one of their neighbors driving his military-style tank down residential streets.
Many were confused by the sight and wondered if it was allowed at all, and apparently also.
The tanks belong to the person who lives in an enclosed property on Old Cutler Road.
Despite the fact that the tank is legal, it’s too close for some neighbors to comfort it.
“For the most part, it’s unusual to say the least and, given the current state of politics, it’s worrying,” said resident James Woodard.
Tanks have been around for over a hundred years, but you usually see them on the battlefield.
A quick check on the internet shows that websites that sell high performance machines, sometimes for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The tanks at Palmetto Bay, CBS4 News reported, are of British quality.
CBS4 News attempted to speak to the owner of the property but was informed by a security spokesman at the gate that no one was there to speak about it.
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That day, a security vehicle and two St John-Dade police vehicles were allowed to enter the gate.
CBS4 has been told that as long as the cannons to the tanks are not working, and apparently not, tanks are allowed here.
A Palmetto Bay Code police officer spent an hour on the property. He also documented some damage to a concrete ledge that the tank allegedly caused.
“I’m sure it can’t go over a curb without destroying it,” said resident John Gonzalez, who has lived in Palmetto Bay for nearly 30 years.
“Is his intention, intimidating or just showing off, probably just showing off, but I wouldn’t have to agree, if I get a vote I’ll vote against,” said Gonzalez.
At this point, the Palmetto Bay village checks that the owner of the tanks is complying with all codes. As for the damage, this issue has been passed on to the county and they must decide if it will have to pay to fix it.