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Publisher’s Note — As Hurricane Irma looks more likely to track up the middle of the state, we’re publishing an abbreviated version of “Takeaways from Tallahassee” this week so staff and readers have more time to prepare for the storm. Be safe, everyone.

We all need some non-hurricane news, so how about a lawsuit over “improper towing” near the Florida State University campus? You’ll take it? Good.

Leon County resident Charles Coshatt is mad as hell over being towed from the Zaxby’s fast food restaurant on West Tennessee Street, and he’s not going to take it anymore.

He filed a proposed class-action lawsuit for himself and others with cars wrongly hauled off the eatery’s lot — 151 vehicles in all — over the last four years, according to his complaint filed this week.

On Aug. 5, he parked his 2007 Dodge pickup at the restaurant at around 2:15 a.m., and was towed about 15 minutes later, his complaint says.

His attorney, Jaeson Homola of Tallahassee’s Barrett, Fasig & Brooks law firm, explained that Coshatt only intended to park there for a short time because he was a “designated driver,” picking up a buddy who had been out drinking.

Coshatt said the towing violates a state law governing the removal of parked vehicles from private property because, in part, there were no signs saying the lot was a tow-away zone.

He claims a “monetary loss” and seeks unspecified damages, costs and attorney fees.

The suit is against Real Chick, Inc., the operator of the West Tennessee Street Zaxby’s. A corporate representative did not respond to a message.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.