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Date of Issue: August 04, 2010

Parking workshop set

A proposed pedestrian/parking plan for Pine Avenue will get additional workshop treatment at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Anna Maria City Hall.

Anna Maria Commission Chair John Quam announced the commission meeting in the commission chambers at 10005 Gulf Drive.

Quam sought the plan — drawn and donated by architect and Anna Maria resident Gene Aubry — to address concerns about safety and accessibility on the well-traveled east-west road.

The proposal, which has undergone extensive review by the city planning and zoning board, would provide for 262 parking spaces — a mixture of existing parking, as well as parallel and angle parking — in the Pine Avenue corridor.

The proposal, in the long-range, also would provide for more trees and other plantings, lighted intersections and designated crosswalks.

The P&Z voted 5-2 July 20 to recommend the proposal — nicknamed “Plan North” — to the city commission.

Parking in the area — a retail-office-residential zone — has been a contentious issue this past year, prompting the formation of a parking safety task force to study the matter, the drafting of Plan North and a series of joint P&Z and commission workshops.

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