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09/06/2013

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PAID PARKING — AGAIN The Palm Avenue garage is a distinctive structure in downtown Sarasota thanks to the architect's 'sails' design. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE CITY OF SARASOTA WILL START CHARGING PEOPLE WHO USE THE PALM AVENUE GARAGE By Roger Drouin County Editor Free parking in the Palm Avenue garage is who pay $10 a month. Workers will be able to about to end. use the program as an alternative to timed onstreet parking, which requires them to move The Sarasota City Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday, Sept. 3, to implement paid parking in the their vehicles every two hours. garage, a move expected to bring in $285,000 "This is an employee parking permit for a very in revenue and reduce a growing Parking Delow rate of $10," said partment deficit. City Manager Tom BarThe commissioners We need to cut this subsidy. I think win. also approved a busiwe should start in the garage. That program is anticness employee parkipated to net an estiing program that will Suzanne Atwell Commissioner mated $41,400 in reveset aside spaces for City of Sarasota downtown employees nue for the city coffers.

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