Turns out Manatee County government is working with Anna Maria Island municipalities on the parking issue, county Administrator Ed Hunzeker confirmed to us on Tuesday -- the day our editorial appeared calling for county intervention.
Those discussions have been under the public's radar as participants have been quietly seeking a solution.
The cities of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach are considering paid- and permit-parking, which are acceptable given the tough circumstances on the island.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn floated another idea at Monday's Tourist Development Council: "We have lost neighbors and neighborhoods; residents who have been here for years have left, and are leaving. Greed is running the island. A toll to come on the island is no longer a laughing matter."
A toll would be too extreme -- and unacceptable.