Tampa City Council discusses eliminating Parking on Front Lawns by Mitch E. Perry

04/20/06

Parking on one’s lawn is NOT permitted in St. Petersburg or Temple Terrace , two cities that adjoin Tampa….But that is hardly the case in Tampa, which became a topic of discussion at today’s Council Meeting.

The fact is that in many homes in Tampa, residents don’t have any choice because their homes don’t have driveways or sidewalks to park their autos on.

But to Councilman John Dingfelder, such actions create blight in the City.(roll tape#1 o.q.�that is just nasty�)

Dingfelder said he liked the Ordinances in neighboring cities of Temple Terrace and St.Petersburg , which allows for designated parking areas.

But Councilman Mary Alvarez says many older homes in Tampa have very little surface area in front of their homes, which makes it unavoidable but to park on one’s lawns (roll tape# 2 o.q.�when we allowed this to happen�)

Dingfelder insisted he wasn’t try to be elitist in decrying the practice (roll tapee#3 o.q.�let’s try again�)

Councilman woman Rose Ferlita said the concept of banning residents from parking on their own front yawn was discussed – and dismissed 6 years ago, and she learned first hand when she used to go out on her “Rose Patrol�rides why it’s impractical(roll tape#4 o.q. make some efforts�)

But Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena said if she had to decide on whether residents should park on their own lawn or permanently cement the front of their house, she’d take people driving on their grass (roll tape#5 o.q.�really unattractive�)

But Dingfelder said St. Petersburg doesn’t allow for that, and can’t understand why Tampa would (roll tape#6 o.q.�across the bay�)

Cathleen Coyle from the City’s Land Development Department said she believed that the Stormwater, transportation, zoning and code enforcement departments should also be included in any discussion about parking.(roll tape#7 o.q.�existing today�)

The Council directed City staff to look at this issue in depth and come back before them in 6 months.

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