The parking argument resurfaced because the Lee County Department of Transportation floated a plan to install parallel parking along Gilchrist. David Loveland, director of Lee County DOT, said in a letter that their plan would provide 139 parking spaces using existing pavement, and which could be easily installed and uninstalled if it was later deemed undesirable.
Tim Seibert echoed Loveland’s statement that a comprehensive parking plan was notably absent from all previous activity related to the issue.Corinna Hammond said in her response that the plan “looks fine.”
The GICIA said in their letter that they were caught off guard by the plan, since they had reviewed two and recommended, at Commissioner Manning’s request, a more “conservatively planted” plan. They added that they felt the plan they approved had the community consensus Manning has repeatedly said he needs to proceed, since his office received endorsements from “91 individuals, the GICIA, all three churches … and The Gasparilla Inn & Club.”
Jay Whipple asked Sajgo to define a consensus so that they could determine whether or not it had been reached and, if not, how to get one.
Discussion of the parking issue concluded with the board asking Sajgo to pen a letter to Loveland requesting development of a comprehensive parking plan, and that he attend one of their meetings.
Four projects were approved, though not without some debate.
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