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For Immediate Release: January 30, 2012


Sarasota, FL: To ease parking congestion during a downtown improvement project, 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 by June.

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. Click here to view a route map. Hours for the Ringling Roundabout Express:

• Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.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 or contact project manager Neil Gaines: 941-365-2200 ext. 6309.


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