Virginia Gardens, Fla., Considering Updated Alarm Ordinance

Registration, increased fines seen as part of process to recoup response costs


Virginia Gardens, a village near Miami, Fla., is in the process of drafting a new ordinance that would affect owners of alarm systems, reports the Miami Herald.

The proposed ordinance, which is being drafted by the village's attorney, would simply require all alarm users to pay a fee to register their systems with the fire department, and would also strengthen the village's fine system for false alarms. The village currently allows up to 10 false alarms, and then charges $25 per each alarm after that.

The village is reportedly considering the possibility of false alarms tripped by low-flying airplanes from the Miami International Airport.