In August of 1997, the City of Sarasota implemented a Vehicle Seizure Program, City of Sarasota Ordinance No. 98-4043, Section 33-271. The Vehicle Seizure Program was initiated to combat the use of vehicles that were frequently used to facilitate the commission of prostitution and drug related crimes which were affecting City neighborhoods by bringing the undesirable aspects of these crimes to neighborhoods, schools, and other areas within the City of Sarasota.
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City Code - 33-271
A vehicle owner who initially requested a hearing may decide at any time during the process to waive the hearing and pay the civil penalty.
If the City fails to meet its burden of proof (probable cause at the preliminary hearing/preponderance of the evidence at the final hearing) all money posted by the vehicle owner will be returned, or a vehicle held in storage, will be released at no cost to the vehicle owner.
Failure to pay the administrative civil penalty will result in a lien against real or personal property owned by the vehicle owner.
In the event that the vehicle owner does not pay the administrative civil penalty, or request a final hearing, the City will dispose of the vehicle after thirty-five days.
A vehicle owner must present proof of ownership and a photo ID to schedule a hearing, post bond, or to secure the release of the vehicle.
The civil penalty, or bond money posted, must be paid by cash, cashier's check, or money order payable to the City of Sarasota.
To request a hearing following the guidelines listed above, or if you have any questions regarding the Vehicle Seizure Program, contact Sal Guerra at 941-954-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.