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Date of Issue: March 25, 2009

'No parking' signs may go up by Perico bridge

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Parked cars along Manatee Avenue at the back entrance to Robinson Preserve are causing safety issues on the main route to Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

The Florida Department of Transportation may agree to prohibit parking on all sides of the Manatee Avenue bridge at Perico Bayou.

County officials asked the DOT about prohibiting parking to alleviate safety and congestion issues near the bridge, which is just east of the rear entrance to the popular Robinson Preserve.

Earlier this year, the county and members of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity discussed the situation and options.

Fishers who parked on nearby rights of way have long used the bridge, but this past year, with the opening of Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton, more motorists have been parking along Manatee Avenue.

One option, posting directional signs encouraging people to park at the causeway, was deemed a waste of money.

Instead, “No parking” signs may be posted on the northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest corners of the bridge.

“The DOT said they would be willing to post ‘No parking’ with requests from Bradenton and the county,” said Keith Bettcher of the Manatee County natural resources department.

Bettcher also suggested the advisory Palma Sola Scenic Highway committee write a letter.

“We have safety issues and it is our business to fix that,” said Seth Kohn, who works for the city of Bradenton and chairs the Palma Sola group.