Tampa to crack down on Ybor parking lots

11/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
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As Ybor City continues to struggle to become a vibrant entertainment district, neighborhood associations and local businesses have cited a consistent source of trouble: some unpaved parking lots, most south of 7th Avenue.

Earlier this year, the Tampa City Council directed city staff to look at those parking lots to determine if they are under proper code.

Many of them are not, according to Laurie Moreda the city’s Land Development Department manager.

The Council directed city staff to look at the permitting of those parking lots after a discussion on the quality of Ybor City at an earlier Council meeting. At that meeting, some business members in the area said that fights that erupted after the bars closed. That point was emphasized again by Land Development official Laurie Moreda.

City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena said she supported cracking down on those who are running the unpermitted parking lots – but asked Moreda that if those lots were shut down, there would be sufficient parking available in Ybor.

City Councilman Charlie Miranda said the issue with enforcing rules on parking lots in Ybor has been going on for years, yet the city has done nothing.

Moreda says she’ll soon meet with Ybor neighborhood associations to discuss the parking lots that are violating city regulations and come back before the Council in January.

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