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For Immediate Release: February 16, 2012


Sarasota, FL: To help visitors navigate through downtown Sarasota and locate parking during the temporary Ringling Boulevard closure, nearly two dozen additional directional signs will be installed this week. The blue and white signs will direct motorists to public parking lots, Palm Avenue Garage and Second Street Garage. Three electronic message boards also will be placed in key areas to direct motorists. To view a map of parking locations click here.

The additional signage is being installed as downtown merchants prepare for what is anticipated to be a thriving holiday weekend with visitors descending upon Sarasota for the 24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts plus the weekly Farmers Market. The following streets in downtown will be closed for the two events:

Lemon Avenue: Pineapple Avenue to First Street
- Saturday, February 18: 4 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

State Street: Portion between Lemon Avenue Orange Avenue; portion between Lemon Avenue and Pineapple Avenue
- Saturday, February 18: 4 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Main Street: Orange Avenue to Central Avenue
- Saturday, February 18 at 4 a.m. until Sunday, February 19 at 8 p.m.

Central Avenue: Main Street to First Street
- Saturday, February 18 at 4 a.m. until Sunday, February 19 at 8 p.m.

First Street: Central Avenue to Pineapple Avenue
- Saturday, February 18 at 4 a.m. until Sunday, February 19 at 8 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to use the Palm Avenue Garage, with over 700 parking spaces, located just northeast of Main Street. To help facilitate traffic flow Saturday night, $2.00 pay on entry will begin at the Garage at approximately 5 p.m., or shortly after, allowing parking all evening. Please retain your entry ticket until exiting the facility. Public parking will be free in the Palm Avenue Garage and throughout downtown on Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20 (Presidents’ Day).

For more information about public parking in downtown Sarasota visit To learn more about the roundabouts being constructed on Ringling Boulevard visit

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