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NEWS RELEASE
City Hall
1565 First Street
Sarasota, FL 34236

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2008


PUBLIC PARKING
CHANGES ANNOUNCED

Sarasota, FL: A portion of the State Street public parking lot will be reserved for valet parking effective Mon., March 17, 2008. The west side of the lot, containing 68 spaces, will be reserved for valet parking and available to the public for $3 a day. The east side of the lot, 71 spaces, will be available to the general public and downtown employee permit holders.

Based upon action by the City Commission on May 15, 2006, IGH Holdings, LLC was granted the exclusive use and possession of the State Street parking lot once it received a certificate of occupancy for a new business at the corner of State Street and Lemon Avenue. The Hyde Park Steakhouse received its certificate of occupancy from the City of Sarasota Fri., March 14, 2008. Use of the valet parking service is open to the general public and is not restricted to Hyde Park Steakhouse patrons. Recent negotiations between the City’s Parking Division and IGH Holdings, LLC resulted in half the State Street parking lot continuing to remain open to the general public and downtown employee permit holders, at least on a temporary basis.

All five handicap parking spaces within the State Street parking lot will be available to the general public. Three are located directly south of the entrance and two are within the reserved valet parking area.

The free downtown employee parking permit program is slated at this time to continue through the current fiscal year which ends September 30, 2008.

The First Street parking lot is now reserved for valet parking after 6pm every evening.

The changes to the State Street parking lot are in anticipation that IGH Holdings, LLC will construct a multi-level parking garage with 350 public parking spaces as part of the Pineapple Square development.

Many other public parking locations are available throughout downtown Sarasota:

• 2nd Street and Orange Ave. Lot: permit or $0.50/hr
• Main Street and Palm Ave.: permit or $0.50/hr
• 2nd Street Garage - Level 2: 4 hour free parking; Level 3: permit only
• Orange Ave. Lot: Free all day
• 2nd Street east of Orange Ave.: free on-street parking
• Gulfstream Ave.: free on-street parking
• First Street and Lemon Ave. Lot: Free all day until 6pm
• City Hall: free and available M-F after 5pm and weekends
• Old Federal Building (Orange Ave. and Ringling Blvd.): free and available
M-F after 5pm and weekends

 

For more information, please contact:
Jan Thornburg, Public Information Officer (941) 954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

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