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Siesta Seen marked soon on North Shell Road, at the request of residents. A few weeks ago, Osborne reported to me through Wendy Rose, the community affairs manager in the Sheriff's Office, that the new signage on North Shell Road should eliminate the problems on that street that seemed to mul- tiply faster than spring breakers this season. During the SKA meeting, Osborne said of North Shell Road, "We have towed a lot of cars from there. We have taken a lot of com- plaints from residents in that area." When Shay asked him to elaborate on those comments, Osborne said the main reason deputies call tow trucks to that street is con- tinued vehicle parking in front of the fire hydrant. Additionally, Osborne noted, it is illegal to park within 30 feet of a stop sign; motorists who violate that traffic regulation make it dangerous for people trying to pull out onto Higel Avenue from North Shell Road. As the parking discussion proceeded late in the SKA meeting, one woman — who politely declined to give me her name — complained that it was almost impossible for island res- idents to enjoy dining at Village restaurants during season because it is too difficult to find a parking place. "Is there anything that can be done for residents of Siesta Key who Sheriff's Office personnel and county staff say people have continued to park illegally in front of the fire hydrant on North Shell Road and too close to the stop sign. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader May 9, 2014 Page 75

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