Anna Maria eyes paid parking

Finding available parking spots at some local beaches can be a challenge during weekends and holidays and particularly during the busy season. Cities on Anna Maria Island are looking for possible solutions to parking problems.

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti has said parking and congestion are two of the primary issues on Anna Maria Island.

The population of Florida is currently 19 million people and 90 million visited the state last year, according to Monti.

Holmes Beach has never had a plan with to deal with the increasing traffic, and now according to Mayor Monti, city leaders are looking for some solutions.

One possible solution city leaders are considering would be to require beach users to pay for parking. At the beach at Manatee Avenue there are four hundred parking spots with nine rows of parking. One idea is that each row might have a solar powered machine that accepts credit cards and cash. Mayor Monti also wants to start a bicycle rental program and increase water taxi routes to the island.

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1 Response for “Anna Maria eyes paid parking”

  1. Ghostrider says:

    Make ’em pay. Then hire a special unit of four people to write parking violations. You’ll also have to increase the millage rate to pay for these new pensions.

    Seriously……… you can’t make this stuff up.

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