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Will residents show up to the public workshop’s to provide input on Sarasota Counties push for paid parking at Siesta?
By Francesco Abbruzzino, The Uncensored Report
Sarasota County will be holding public workshops, to decide what to do about Siesta Key’s parking dilemma. Should they charge for parking, should they operate a trolley, perhaps put out more SCAT stops, ask the businesses for their support and use of their parking, or use a vacant county building.
What to do, what to do………… Will they even listen during these workshops? A couple weeks ago the county officials noted the low turnout at workshops and some wondered why………. Is it the time of the workshops, the form of advertising them only in msm’s that many residents do not read, or is it the public consensus that the County Commissioners do not listen to the residents? Maybe, they will pay another consultant some $50,000 or more, to tell them the obvious. Politicians, the great spenders of the tax payers hard earn money, without any accountability.
These public workshops will lead to a final decision some time next year, with a goal of reaching a decision in March.
Paid parking is something they are looking at very strongly, since once survey put a 70% acceptance rate to this concept. Keep in mind, it was mainly those that live there and want less traffic, which paid parking is bound to lead too. However, some believe it is a better idea than spending one million on a trolley…………….
The bottom line is that 1076 parking spaces is not enough and anybody that goes to Siesta Key can attest to the fact that the just over one thousand spaces are gone by 12 on most weekend days.
The first public hearing is set tentatively for February 19th. If they put out any information on it, I will share it.
Below are some previous reports on this subject going back to last year.