Opa-locka resumes hearings for saggy pants violators

caines | 12/20/2012, 4:30 a.m.

Saggy pants violators in Opa-locka will have their day before a judge soon.The Citys code enforcement department resumes its special masters hearings in December addressing a backlog of cases from January this year. The hearings are scheduled for Wed., Dec. 19 at 10:30 am and Thurs., Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:30 pm.The special masters hearings will take place in the city Attorneys conference room, 4th floor of the Town Center Municipal Complex, 780 Fisherman Street. The two days of hearings will address the 96 cases that ban saggy, baggy pants as a fashion.Violators are issued a $250 citation for each incident. The magistrate judge could impose the fine or give community service.Repeat fashion offenders or no-shows could face a judgment lien. The remaining 240 pending cases with issues ranging from trash violations, landlord permit issues, selling liquor too early on Sunday and businesses operating without an occupational license will be heard in the new year.For January and February 2013, the City will hold special masters hearings every Thursday at 10:30 am. This year the city handed out 1,155 code enforcement citations. For info on pending cases or to request a special hearing, visit www.opalockafl.gov or call code enforcement at 305-953-2868.