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Florida parking tickets fall under the jurisdiction of local courts, cities, and businesses. All in all, these jurisdictions issue millions of tickets every year. These tickets then go through the collections process in a wide variety of ways. Parking tickets issued by the government go to county court for dispute or conviction. That process is almost identical to the process for non-criminal traffic tickets, which we'll discuss later.
Private parking tickets are a whole nother beast. Universities and businesses can put parking tickets on just about anything left on their property. In 2011, the University of Florida (UF) issued more than 73 thousand parking tickets. In 2017, the University of Central Florida (UCF) issued more than 43 thousand. In each case, these tickets cost people more than a million dollars.
A common misconception is that you don't have to pay these private parking tickets. But failure to do so might result in severe consequences. Many of these parking tickets are a form of debt. That means they can go to debt collectors and harm your credit score. Private organizations can also revoke your parking pass, suspend your driving privileges on their property, or tow your vehicle.
Of course, the state has many more enforcement powers at its disposal. It can boot your vehicle, impound it, and sometimes even confiscate it to sell at auction. The only way to escape your parking ticket costs is to fight the ticket.