Parking meters turned on in part of downtown Sarasota

Parking meters turned on in part of downtown Sarasota
Drivers try to figure out the new parking meters on Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota. (Source: Ray Collins)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Drivers on Main Street and Ringling Boulevard east of Washington Boulevard are the first to pay for parking on the streets of downtown Sarasota.

Eventually, the city will have parking meters for all of Main Street and a section of Ringling Boulevard and Palm Avenue. Parking is $1.50 per hour but the first 10 minutes are free.

Drivers we spoke with this morning had mixed emotions.

Kerry Rickey: “I liked it because this way I didn’t have to worry I’d get a ticket or getting chalk on my tire. It was simple.”

Jessica Pevar: “Its unfortunate because Sarasota was the only county you didn’t have to pay for parking. But it is what it is, so I guess I’ll pay.”

Cecelia Peters: “You either use change or your card. I used quarters. I did ask to print a receipt, but it didn’t print a receipt.”

Mark Feldman: “Not too happy but it may free up more parking spaces, make it more accessible.”

The City of Sarasota installed parking meters in 2011 but pulled them out a year later due to excessive complaints.

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