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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Parking questions continue in Anna Maria

Anna Maria city commissioners held a special meeting on parking April 23 to again discuss the Plan X parking proposal for the designated beach access zone from Commission Chairperson John Quam.

Commissioners discussed how residents within the BAZ would apply for a special-exception permit for parking.

Residents of Willow Avenue also raised objections to designating parking spaces on that street, preferring instead open parking.

While Commissioners Dale Woodland and Carol Ann Magill support the Willow Avenue request, residents from other streets have suggested that if Willow Avenue is allowed open parking, their street should be given special consideration for no parking whatsoever.

The cost of all the signage needed in the BAZ for parking and no-parking signs was discussed. Quam's unofficial estimate put that price at about $13,000.

"There would definitely be more signs than now" in the BAZ under Plan X, Quam noted.

Woodland raised several issues relating to the plan, noting that currently, parking is allowed everywhere in Anna Maria where there is not a "No Parking" sign. Under Plan X, parking is allowed in the BAZ only in designated spaces. Woodland wants to know how the city will communicate to visitors and residents where they can park.

"Hopefully, we'll get those issues resolved soon and move forward with the ordinance," said Quam.

Woodland's issues and others will be discussed at the next commission meeting on parking at 7 p.m. May 6.