Sarasota News Leader

07/19/2013

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A BIT OF A SNAFU Cars fill the spaces in front of Eat Here on Avenida Madera. Photo by Rachel Hackney THE EAT HERE SIESTA KEY RESTAURANT IS IN VIOLATION OF THE PARKING PLAN IT SUBMITTED TO SARASOTA COUNTY BEFORE OPENING LAST YEAR BECAUSE A REAL ESTATE OFFICE USES SOME OF THE SPACES AFTER 5 P.M. By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor When restaurant entrepreneur Sean Murphy new ordinance, because the restaurant was announced plans to open a new establishment going to be designed to seat 150 people. in Siesta Village last year, some concern imLongtime Siesta businessman John Davidson mediately arose about parking. — the landlord for the new restaurant at 240 It took a lot of wrangling among business Avenida Madera — was able to ensure a sufowners, residents and county officials, after ficient number of parking spaces were availall, to work out a revised parking ordinance in able, Siesta architect Mark Smith explained during the Nov. 1 Si2009 that was mostly esta Key Association satisfactory to everymeeting. The othone. It's a lot to do about nothing here. er businesses on the Murphy's Eat Here Sisouth side of Avenida Mark Smith Principal esta Key would be the Madera — Eat Here's Smith Architects first big test of that neighbors — all closed

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