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SUSTAINABLE FREE PARKING? A parking meter is bagged in front of City Hall in May 2011, before the city removed all the meters from downtown. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE CITY COMMISSION WRESTLES WITH WHETHER IT CAN AFFORD TO KEEP METERS OUT OF THE PICTURE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor A freshly scabbed-over wound was briefly re- "Is your office profitable?" asked Mayor Shanopened Monday, June 3, when the city com- non Snyder. "If we cannot be profitable, are we mittee advising Parking Division Manager going to subsidize this forever? This is an ecoMark Lyons presented to the Sarasota City nomic question, not so much a parking question." Commission a set of five "guiding princiLyons said his staff ples" and an overall could not issue enough If we cannot be profitable, are we tickets to put his departmission statement. going to subsidize this forever? ment in the black. "RevAfter the presentaenue through enhanced tion, city commisShannon Snyder Mayor enforcement is not sussioners quizzed Lyons City of Sarasota tainable," he added. about finances.

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