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It took about 45 minutes of public com ments along with board discussion and then three motions before the Sarasota County Commission on Wednesday, April 9, approved a parking plan designed to eliminate safety hazards on Siesta Key's North Shell Road. Siesta resident Nora Patterson made the motion that finally passed, thanks to sup port from Chairman Charles Hines and Vice Chairwoman Christine R o b i n s o n . I t l e n t approval to Option 3, which calls for a postandrope design for 16 spaces; it will eliminate the sidewalk on the south side of the road. The motion included the removal of one space proposed on the east side of the Solymar residential development, action residents had requested to prevent lineofsight prob lems involving their driveway. T h e p l a n c a l l s f o r seven parallel spots on the north side of the road, one angled Vehicles are parked at the end of North Shell Road on a less busy day for tourists in August 2013. Photo by Rachel Hackney ON A SPLIT VOTE, THE COUNTY COMMISSION AGREES TO CREATE 16 PARKING SPACES ON NORTH SHELL ROAD IN A PLAN DESIGNED TO PROMOTE SAFETY AND PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE BEACH A MATTER OF COMPROMISE We just want enforceable parking in designated parking spaces. Chuck McGovern Resident North Shell Road By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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