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St. Pete floats parking solutions



St. Petersburg's parking woes, especially downtown, are a reliable conversation starter. Everyone has an opinion. People are too used to parking right in front of the restaurant or store, they won't use garages, say some. The city is too quick to ticket, especially for two-hour spots.

As the city's economic revival spreads west, the Edge District has seen its once ample parking disappear, too. Parking--or the lack of it---was a major source of contention during the public input on the waterfront and the Pier in the past year.

As the city waits for the final draft of a parking study in February, a preliminary draft is circulating.

The takeaway? Instead of a traditional 700-1000 space garage, which some would like to see in or near the Edge District, public-private partnerships on existing lots and smaller garages are being considered.  

And initiatives like Park Once, a six-month pilot for free shuttles from city-owned garages to spots along Central Avenue and Beach Drive, should be supported.

That appears to what council members Darden Rice is thinking, too. She tweeted out a link to this Governing story earlier Wednesday. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 11:28am]


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