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St. Armands Circle not interested in parking meters

The St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District (BID) declared this week that it does not want the parking meters the City of Sarasota recently installed downtown. The BID requested installation of a parking garage like the one the city is already committed to building on State Street.

Sarasota City Commissioner Terry Turner informed the BID members that a special commission meeting will be held at 10 a.m., July 21 to discuss possibly placing parking meters on St. Armands Circle. This possibility of parking meters coming to St. Armands Circle did not please BID members. St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District Chairman Marty Rappaport said he has met with city officials to request a parking garage.

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3 Responses for “St. Armands Circle not interested in parking meters”

  1. John Wild says:

    Government seems determined to put a chill on “free” enterprise – Sarasota is probably just looking for a place to “reposition” those unwanted downtown meters. Please, stop helping St. Armand’s – give them back some of their tax dollars with a garage, instead of looking at more ways to extract taxes and fees like installing those unwanted meters.

  2. Daniel says:

    Interesting. They want parking enforcement but they don’t want to help pay for it…? Do the merchants downtown need to pay for St. Armands parking enforcement? Perhaps the St. Armands BID should contribute to the cost of St. Armands parking enforcement instead of putting it on the backs of the downtown merchants???

  3. john says:

    now they want to destroy the beauty of st armands-with parking meters-i guess it’s time to clean house

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