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Dunedin parking saga ends: downtown spots will shrink in 2018

By Times staff
Visitors to downtown Dunedin use a kiosk to pay for parking on Main Street recently. Parking has been a divisive issue in the city. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

DUNEDIN Paid parking will be staying downtown, but there will be far less of it starting in 2018.

The Dunedin City Commission on Thursday evening approved a plan to remove paid parking along Main Street from Bass Boulevard to Marina Plaza Drive, replacing it with free three-hour limits from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Paid parking will be limited to the Douglas Avenue parking garage, the city-owned lot on Wood Street and the Marina Plaza lot all day on weekends and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.

The plan passed 4-1, with Commissioner Heather Gracy opposed. It comes after a 14-month trial period of paid parking over most of the downtown footprint, which has been universally called the most divisive issue in decades.

As a holiday promotion, parking will be free in all of downtown until the end of January, when the Commission is expected to finalize this plan with a resolution.