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NOT GIVING UP A map shows the area of Avenida de Mayo where the parking ban was proposed. Image courtesy Sarasota County IN A SPLIT VOTE, THE COUNTY COMMISSION TURNS DOWN A REQUEST FOR PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON A SIESTA KEY STREET, SEEKING INSTEAD A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND STAFF ON HOW TO HANDLE PROBLEMS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor As Siesta Key resident Marlene Merkle put it side of Avenida de Mayo — the street on to The Sarasota News Leader after a Saraso- which she built her island home 25 years ago. ta County Commission Instead, the commisvote went against her sion unanimously on May 21, "We can approved a motion We pay high property taxes with lose a battle, but we calling for county the expectation to enjoy a good quality of transportation plancan still win the war." life, which includes safety as we use ning staff to work with our properties. Splitting 3-2, the board the Sarasota County denied Merkle's reSheriff's Office and Marlene Merkle Resident quest to ban parking county's EMS and Fire Siesta Key Department personnel on part of the south

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