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11/30/2012

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BYE-BYE UNIFORM STANDARDS City of Sarasota officials say the lion's share of the municipal parking revenue comes from downtown. Photo by Norman Schimmel EACH OF THE CITY OF SARASOTA'S PARKING DISTRICTS SOON MAY SEE ITS OWN SPECIFIC REGULATIONS, FOLLOWING RECENT CHANGES ON ST. ARMANDS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor It took only one crack in the dike to send a These areas are the downtown core, the juflood over the City Commission's policy of dicial center, Southside Village (aka Hillview uniform parking regulations for the entire city. Street and Osprey Avenue), Burns Square, St. Armands (already done), Newtown, the RoseThat crack was created by St. Armands Key mary District and the Marina Jack area. merchants. Their squeals of pain caused the commissioners to declare unconditional sur- "Each area needs to be looked at differently," render on Nov. 19 and allow that shopping dis- said Lyons. trict to revert to age-old regulations. He will soon take his parking message to On Nov 28, the city's Parking Committee heard Parking Manager Mark Lyons say all eight of the city's parking districts will soon be considered for individual regulations. The uniform policy is dead, dead, dead. each of the districts, starting with downtown first. "The lion's share of our parking revenue comes from downtown," said Lyons. While many revisions and modifications may not require City Commission direction or ap-

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