To the Editor:
With the neighbor’s Gilchrist Avenue parking plan, arriving from either the north or south will require parallel parking on the LEFT hand side of the street. Difficult and not very possible for most of us. Making room for this plan calls for taking eight feet away from each side of the median. That means the removal of the tall palms that currently hide the very ugly power poles running down the middle of the median. Let’s do better.
To the Editor,
As a year-round resident of Boca Grande I am aware that the parking problem on Gilchrist has only recently become a major issue due to the numerous activities at the Methodist Church in season. Trying to turn south on to Gilchrist from 3rd or 4th streets has become a major hazard because parked cars obscure visibility. Please, whatever plan is chosen, make sure that there are plantings (like raised beds) on the corners of the central reservation that preclude anyone parking close to the corner and allow traffic on Gilchrist to be seen.
A “Bon Voyage” progress report for my many island community friends. It is a bit long, my apologies.
On behalf of the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center we would like to thank all those who participated in the Civil War Reflections Symposium.
The Gasparilla Inn Gilchrist Parking Plan represents the sharpest calculations of the commercial interests of the village, and I included the Protestant churches in this characterization, to the exclusion of the neighbors.
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