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05/03/2013

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Sarasota News Leader May 3, 2013 Page 98 Siesta Seen Shay said he had seen the photos Merkle drivers make deliveries, Luckner continued, provided to the TAC, which showed vehicles but she was unsure what length of time is genparked in the street and on the right of way. erally allowed. John Lally, the key's primary Sarasota County Code Enforcement officer, was out of work for about four months because of health problems, Luckner pointed out. When she asked whether Merkle had talked with Lally since he had returned to his job, Merkle replied that she had. "He's a nice guy," Merkle added. When Luckner told Merkle the board would work on a letter of support for her and other Avenida de Mayo residents in their quest for parking restrictions, Merkle responded, "That would be wonderful. … Any kind of formal support [from a group such as the SKA] is very important. It really is." "Enforcement takes people," SKA board member Deet Jonker said, "[and] the county's not excited about putting more people on enforcement." (An SKA request last year for more fulltime Code Enforcement staffing failed to gain sufficient County Commission support.) "We're here to help," Jonker added. The intersection near Avenida Messina and Avenida Navarra is particularly bad, she pointed out. "And these are huge semis … [but] I've never seen anyone given a ticket." that street, Luckner noted. "I think one of the issues we have talked about is … there may be a necessary moratorium at some point on [any new Siesta business] that requires new parking …" When SKA board member Helen Clifford asked how the organization could ameliorate the situation Erne had described, Erne told her "No Parking" and "Parking by Permit Only" signs seem to have no effect because Diane Erne, who lives in a condominium in of the expansion of businesses in that part of the vicinity of restaurants on Avenida Messithe Village. na in Siesta Village, pointed out that delivery trucks also create problems for residents. The letter the SKA would prepare regarding "You cannot drive down Messina much of the the de Mayo problems would consider traffic time," she said. impacts on all residents, not just on those on Luckner responded that the SKA would check with Code Enforcement staff about that situation as well. There are unwritten rules allowing drivers to leave trucks in "No Parking" zones for a certain period of time as the Luckner cautioned that the environment that brings people to Siesta Key in the first place could be irreparably damaged without sufficient traffic and parking enforcement. %

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