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03/29/2013

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A 'GO SLOW' APPROACH Residential permit parking could be enforced in the future for a block near the Rivo at Ringling condominiums in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT PLAN INCHES FORWARD By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Parking on Capitol Hill is impossible, unless number of spaces and even those will need you live there. A little sticker on the wind- approval from highest authority – the Sarasota shield is proof against all tickets, but only if City Commission. you live there. Unlike the Washington, D.C., version, the SaraSarasota is inching its way toward using the sota stickers would require cars to be moved same type of system for the same reason. every 24 hours. Right now only 12 spaces in Locals and their visitors need parking spac- the entire city are affected; they are along es even in high-demand areas. One street is Monroe Street near St. Armands Circle. The now serving as a test model, and if the plan is beneficiaries are the Kingston Arms Apartsuccessful, other streets may be proposed for ments, which has only one space per unit. Any permit parking. visitor would face the vicissitudes of parking enforcement. At the Wednesday, March 27, meeting of the City of Sarasota's Parking Advisory Board, Parking Manager Mark Lyons says the reacthose "next steps" were revealed. But do not tion has been "very positive." He is making worry: The proposal encompasses a miniscule this a pilot project. If it does prove successful,

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