FL: To ease parking congestion during a downtown improvement
the City of Sarasota is offering free parking
in the surface lot at Laurel Street and Orange Avenue adjacent
to the Burns Square Business District area. The parking lot
is now open to the public and is free of charge for the next
six months with no time restrictions, although overnight parking
will be prohibited.
Crews have completed repair work to the lot
including patching potholes and striping parking spaces. The
lot will be free through July.
With 63 parking spaces within walking distance
to the Burns Square Business District,
it is anticipated the free surface lot will provide visitors
with easy access to restaurants and retail stores while nearby
Ringling Boulevard undergoes construction.
The intersections of Ringling Boulevard/Palm
Avenue and Ringling Boulevard/ Pineapple Avenue are being
transformed into modern roundabouts which will reduce fuel
emissions while creating a visually appealing downtown. The
roundabouts will feature palm trees and plants, accented with
red brick pavers.
The project also includes additional on-street
parking. A total of 37 angled parking spaces will be created
on Ringling Boulevard: 20 near Palm Avenue and 17 near Pineapple
Avenue. Ringling Boulevard is expected to reopen to traffic
The City is
continuing to partner with the Green
Hopper, a low speed vehicle service, to provide complimentary
shuttle service around the Burns Square Business District.
here to view a route map. Hours for the Ringling Roundabout
• Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. –
• Thursday – Saturday 6:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
(regular Green Hopper hours -- on call service only)
During 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. hours, contact the Green Hopper
at 877-323-7238 ext. 2. From 6:30 p.m. – 2 a.m., press
5 to speak with a driver.
For more information and to register for
project updates visit www.SarasotaGov.com
or contact project manager Neil
Gaines: 941-365-2200 ext. 6309.