Tampa City Council discusses eliminating Parking on Front Lawns by Mitch E. Perry04/20/06
Parking on oneâ€™s lawn is NOT permitted in St. Petersburg or Temple Terrace , two cities that adjoin Tampaâ€¦.But that is hardly the case in Tampa, which became a topic of discussion at todayâ€™s Council Meeting.
The fact is that in many homes in Tampa, residents donâ€™t have any choice because their homes donâ€™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.â€?that is just nastyâ€?)
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 oneâ€™s lawns (roll tape# 2 o.q.â€?when we allowed this to happenâ€?)
Dingfelder insisted he wasnâ€™t try to be elitist in decrying the practice (roll tapee#3 o.q.â€?letâ€™s try againâ€?)
Councilman woman Rose Ferlita said the concept of banning residents from parking on their own front yawn was discussed â€“ and dismissed 6 years ago, and she learned first hand when she used to go out on her â€œRose Patrolâ€?rides why itâ€™s impractical(roll tape#4 o.q. make some effortsâ€?)
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, sheâ€™d take people driving on their grass (roll tape#5 o.q.â€?really unattractiveâ€?)
But Dingfelder said St. Petersburg doesnâ€™t allow for that, and canâ€™t understand why Tampa would (roll tape#6 o.q.â€?across the bayâ€?)
Cathleen Coyle from the Cityâ€™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.â€?existing todayâ€?)
The Council directed City staff to look at this issue in depth and come back before them in 6 months.