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03/15/2013

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ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL A county sign was set up on the south side of Avenida de Mayo to alert neighbors and business owners to the Traffic Advisory Council meeting discussion on March 11. Photo by Rachel Hackney A PETITION TO RESTRICT PARKING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF SIESTA KEY'S AVENIDA DE MAYO WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR A COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The Sarasota County Commission will have final say on whether parking should be prohibited on the south side of Siesta Key's Avenida de Mayo, following a split Traffic Advisory Council (TAC) vote on the issue March 11. Mobility Office said it typically takes about eight weeks to get something scheduled. Petitioner Marlene Merkle, who lives on Avenida de Mayo, made her case for the parking change during a presentation to the TAC Richard Musior, administrative specialist in during its meeting in Venice. After the 2-2 vote, Chairman Frank Domingo explained a the county's Transtie usually means the portation Planning & same as the denial of Traffic Engineering It used to be an exception where a request. However, Office, told The Sarasota News Leader he we would get a little overflow parking, he added, "I'm betting was uncertain when like on the Fourth of July or Siesta Fiesta, this will probably go to the [County Comthe item would go on but now it's basically the rule. mission]." a County Commission Marlene Merkle Resident agenda, but Ryan MonThe split decision of Siesta Key tague in the Traffic/ the TAC members,

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