Anna Maria Island, Manatee County working to solve parking problem

August 24, 2013 

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.

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