'No parking' big theme at Anna Maria commission meeting

acastillo@bradenton.comMarch 28, 2014 

ANNA MARIA -- A laundry list of possible changes and additions to the city of Anna Maria's traffic ordinances were discussed during the commission meeting Thursday night.

While some issues included implementing signs to prohibit huge trucks on certain avenues and installing crosswalks at dangerous corners, much of the talk dealt with a proposed prohibition of parking in certain areas.

This came just two weeks after the city commission informally discussed implementing paid parking for non-residents.

The first item mentioned Thursday surrounded Galati Marina, which mayor SueLynn described as a very narrow area with little turn-around space.

"Somehow or another, the entire area was asphalted over the right of way," she said, adding that no one has any recollection of when that was done. As a result, she said, when it rains, the water and oils run off into the streets.

The mayor said she would like to reclaim the right of way, remove that asphalt and make the row behind the boats into a "no parking" area.

"When I've been down there, and I've heard this from the residents in that area, is that when they park in the right of way behind the boats, it creates a close situation for traffic and bicyclists and so on," she said, adding that there is plenty of other space to park in the area.

The city commissioners picked at the issue and threw out alternate scenarios.

"Nothing is simple in the city of Anna Maria," SueLynn said.

Commissioners also brought up the idea of barring people from parking on a part of Crescent Drive and on the small island in the Blue Heron Circle.

SueLynn said that the latter has created issues with residents in the area who have complained about people parking there overnight.

When the subject of putting "no parking" signs in areas where there is construction over storm water runoff swales came up, Commissioner Doug Copeland said that if this were to be applied to all of Anna Maria, "eventually there will be no parking anyway in the city."

Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.

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