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PLEA FOR SAFE PASSAGE A Sarasota County sign on the north side of Avenida de Mayo alerts residents and business owners to the upcoming Traffic Advisory Meeting about parking issues on the street. (An entrance to the Municipal Parking Lot is on the left side of this photo.) Photo by Rachel Hackney RESIDENTS SAY THE PARKING OVERFLOW FROM SIESTA VILLAGE ONTO AVENIDA DE MAYO HAS CREATED DANGEROUS SITUATIONS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor For more than a year, Siesta Key resident Marlene S. Merkle has been working with neighbors and Sarasota County officials to try to rectify what she calls "a dangerous situation" on Avenida de Mayo. the Sarasota County Traffic Advisory Council (TAC). On Monday, March 11, the TAC will hear the request of Merkle and several of her neighbors to ban parking on the south side of the street. When cars park on the side of the narrow If the council approves the request, the matstreet — which they ter will go to the Counincreasingly do at ty Commission, Ryan night and on weekThe mail truck especially has Montague, a staff ends, especially during season — traffic is im- difficulty and an ambulance or fire truck member in the Mobilpeded and drivers run would be at even … greater disadvantage. ity/Traffic Office, told The Sarasota News the risk of colliding, Marlene Merkle Application for the she says in a Nov. 16, Leader on March 5. Traffic Advisory Council 2012 application to Typically, Montague

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