Storm delays Anna Maria vote on parking elimination

Tropical Storm Eta prompted Anna Maria to postpone consideration of some of its plans for street parking.

City clerk Leanne Addy wrote in a Nov. 11 email to The Islander that a Nov. 12 city commission meeting — including a second hearing and final reading for a parking ordinance — had been “canceled to a date and time to be determined” due to the storm.

Earlier this year, Holmes Beach closed much of its street parking in an attempt to discourage people from visiting its beaches while a state safer-at-home order was in effect to prevent the spread of the virus.

The limits for parking in Holmes Beach resulted in a wave of beachgoers heading to Anna Maria to park. So the city responded with temporary changes, such as prohibiting parking on many of its roads.

Anna Maria implemented new prohibited parking areas for Pine Avenue, North Bay Boulevard, Poinsettia Road, Alamanda Road, Gulf Drive, North Shore Drive, South Bay Boulevard, Spring Avenue, Palm Avenue, Willow Avenue, Mangrove Avenue, Oak Avenue, Park Avenue and Seagrape Lane.

The ordinance would codify the prohibitions, which can be found in more detail at the city’s website, www.cityofannamaria.com.

A second hearing and final reading for the ordinance had yet to be rescheduled as of Nov. 12.

— Ryan Paice