Tampa Council complains about parking

01/31/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Last month, the city of Tampa suspended parking meter fees in Ybor City between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the holiday season to stimulate the economy.

But it’s now 2008. Those meters are back in effect, but an incident where Tampa City Councilwoman Linda Saul Sena was ticketed in the entertainment district had the Council discuss studying the pros and cons of how paid parking affects the local economy today.

Councilwoman Mary Mulhern said she thought it was a discussion in which the economic development team needs to participate.

City Councilman Charlie Miranda said he didn’t want official to get carried away and try to eliminate such regulations. And Miranda said before citizens and officials complain too much about a lack of parking in Ybor, they should realize that it’s actually rather accessible and affordable if one is prepared to walk a few blocks.

Mulhern said she certainly was not advocating eliminating parking meters, but maybe something like what the city did in Ybor last month.

The Council will discuss the issue again next week.

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