For years and years, Anna Maria Island residents have bemoaned traffic congestion and parking issues with little in the way of concrete solutions. Kudos to the city of Anna Maria. They unlocked a vault that stood in plain sight, the enforcement of state statutes on traffic control.
In June, the small city got about a dozen city employees and residents to sit through a training course on those laws in order to officially become parking code enforcement officers. How simple is that, enforcing the law to rid the city of scofflaws who abuse the island's good nature?
Ticket and tow those who disrespect the rules, especially motorists who block driveways. And even streets.
One wonders why this newfound enforcement didn't occur long ago. Today's the Fourth of July and parking and traffic will once again reach epic proportions. Anna Maria may just run out of ticketing tablets.
Let this be a warning to anyone who thinks they are above the law when it comes to parking.