Deerfield Beach, FL asked in Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Florida

Q: The mall next to my school won't let students get picked up or go there starting 2:40 to 5:30, but it's a public mall.

I'm a senior in High school from Florida the Police won't let anyone in unless you're 18 and show your driver's license.

When I got a paper from our school telling us we couldn't go to the mall, the paper had no phone number and was not signed by anyone or the city. It had just said the name of the mall and it looked very unofficial but the Police were there and would not let us in at all. I'm 18 but I don't have a driver's license yet and it's quite annoying you can't go buy food or watch a movie after school, most importantly students get picked up from there. The cops won't let you in for anything, even if your parent or guardian is inside they tell you to cross the street and get picked up there or somewhere else because it's not their problem. Is this allowed?

I understand they want to take care of the shops from students but this is not a good way.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The privately-owned mall you want to have fun in after school--and all other privately owned malls, shopping centers, grocery stores, shoe stores, movie theatres, tennis courts, golf courses, etc., are entitled to establish rules regarding public use of their private property. They are also allowed to pay the police to enforce their rules.

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