Parking tickets issued to those visiting Hyatt family Christmas light display dismissed

Parking tickets handed out last year by Plantation police to those who parked along Old Hiatus Road to see the Hyatt family Christmas light display have been dismissed, attorney Sabrina Visram, of the GMV Law Group, told Local 10 News on Friday.

Some in the community told Local 10 that they believed the city was trying to get revenge on the Hyatt family after a judge threw out a lawsuit filed by the city, which claimed that the massive light display and the crowds it attracts were a nuisance.

“We weren’t there for 15 minutes, and a whole line of cars had tickets on them. (It) must have been 30 that we saw,” Chris Keefe, who got a ticket after seeing the lights, said in December.

There are signs that say “no parking” on the road, but neighbors said those signs went up only after the Hyatts started their battle with the city and have never been enforced until last December.

Visram said her firm handled the tickets pro bono and said they have all been declared invalid.

The city was ordered earlier this year to pay councilmember Mark Hyatt and his wife, Kathy, $15,000 in litigation fees after its failed fight to stop the family’s extravagant holiday display.

The city also intends to lower the Hyatts’ code enforcement fines from $7,000 to $1,400.

Horace A. McHugh, Plantation’s chief administrative officer, said the legal battle has cost the city more than $434,000.

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Target recalls Easter toys due to ‘serious ingestion hazard’

The retailer Target is recalling more than 560,000 water-absorbing Easter egg and dinosaur toys due to a “serious ingestion hazard,” the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. The recalled products include Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino Egg products.

If swallowed, the toy can expand inside a child’s body and cause “intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and could be life threatening,” according to the announcement. Surgery is required to remove the toy, the release said.

The commission also warns medical professionals and consumers that if the product is ingested, it might not appear on an X-ray.

Consumers should look for model number 234-25-1200 on the back of the packaging of Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs and Easter Grow Toys products, according to the safety commission website. In addition, the model number for the Hatch Your Own Dino Egg product, 234-09-0016, is inside the packaging of the product.

No injuries or incidents have been reported, according to the announcement. The products should be immediately taken away from children and returned to any Target store for a refund.

The toys were sold in Target stores nationwide from February through March for $1.

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