Panama City Beach- California Cycles owner Rick Roof wasn't happy about the proposed changes regulating how he can charge for damages to his scooters.
"They're (city council) not doing anything to help us or support us, and they should at least look at a way to support our business. We are paying taxes. We are here, have been here for 25, 26 years, and it just seems like they would do something to help us and support us in some time of manner," said Roof.
Under the current ordinance wording, bike shops in Panama City Beach can keep the maximum $100 deposits from everyone in a party even if only one of the mopeds is damaged. Panama City Police Chief Drew Whitman said some shops use that to their advantage.
"They're just saying 'Fill out this form, you can take your mo-ped.' But when they come back and their friend drops their mo-ped, and there's a little scratch for like $100, five or six of your buddies just lost their deposit also, so I'm trying to clean that up," said Whitman.
And despite California Cycles having a number of complaints filed against it in the past year regarding deposits, Roof said they're not decieving anyone.
"It just gives us an opportunity to use one deposit along with another to pay for damages when they really tear up one of our pieces of equipment," said Roof.
He said he plans to show up to Thursday's Panama City Beach City Council meeting to argue against the possible changes, claiming they could severly hurt his business.
Changes to scooter safety regulations weren't a part of this proposal, but the council could bring that up tomorrow as well.