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Sarasota News Leader June 21, 2013 Page 77 Siesta Seen Thanks to a reorientation of a fence, 22 spaces are available in the new parking area at Access 7 on Beach Road. Originally, the site had 20 spots, but an email provided to me this week by Carolyn Brown, director of the county's Parks and Recreation Department, said that after staff members observed how people were using the new lot, they "decided to make a couple of small changes to better accommodate folks." On May 21, Brown had sent Commissioner Patterson an email saying staff had to work with Florida Power and Light to have a light pole relocated so the parking area at Access 7 could be reconfigured. "A purchase order was just issued this past Friday and an order for post and rope has been made," Brown noted at the time. In an email to Brown the previous day, Patterson had pointed out that the county purAlong with the 22 extra spaces at Access 7 chased additional property at Access 7 severare two handicap-access spaces near the front al years ago "largely for parking. There was door of the cottage on the property. an agreement to limit that parking to some- The new parking spaces at Beach Access 7 combine with the original area to create an L-shaped lot. Photo by Robert Hackney

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