Courts & Crime

Man faces $120,000 fine for letting others park on his property

ARLINGTON, Texas — A man faces more than $120,000 in fines for repeatedly violating city rules that require private property owners charging fans to park for Cowboys Stadium events to have a special permit, city officials said Wednesday.

A jury trial for Michael Anthony Caldwell is scheduled Thursday morning at Arlington Municipal Court for 40 of the more than 390 citations he’s received since the Oct. 12, said Linda Frank, an attorney with the city of Arlington. Caldwell has been charging fans to park on his property at 210 East Randol Mill Road without a special events parking permit during the U2 concert and at least seven other stadium events, Frank said.

"He's been operating his lot in defiance of our ordinance for several events and we are trying to inspire compliance," Frank said. "It isn't fair for some people to comply while others jump the line and make a profit."

Caldwell could not be located for comment Wednesday morning.

The Arlington City Council adopted a special events parking ordinance last year to regulate the churches, schools, restaurant, shops and other non-residential property owners in the entertainment district who wanted to cash in on the new $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium, which opened in June.