Commissioner raises church parking concerns
Commissioner Jack Duncan expressed concern again about the prospect of cars littering Gulf of Mexico Drive and surrounding roadways once the new Christ Church of Longboat Key opens along Gulf of Mexico Drive and General Harris Drive.
“How we are going to fit cars in there is a real concern. There is limited number of parking at the church and it could be a real problem, a safety hazard. We need to increase signs and postings for no parking,” said Duncan.
Police Chief Al Hogle took the podium and told commissioners his plan of action. He spoke with church officials, and they have committed to hiring off-duty officers to make sure orderly parking is maintained, especially during the first new services as the situation acclimates.
Hogle also said the tentative plan is to have officers place temporary plastic ‘no trespassing’ signs that they keep in the trunk of their squad cars. Hogle said being placed in a temporary measure by the police allows immediate signage without any constraints from the sign code. Duncan said he was satisfied with the plan.