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Treasure Island talks parking changes
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TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners passed one resolution and tabled another Feb. 4 that deal with parking modifications at two sites.

Treasure Island Commissioners voted unanimously to grant a license to Sunset Villas Beachfront Suites, 12000 Gulf Blvd., to use 12 city parking spaces in front of the hotel for employee parking and occasional overflow guest parking.

But residents of La Bella Vita Condominium, 220 108th Ave., who were petitioning the city for the use of 20 spaces on the east side of the Treasure Island Police Department parking lot will have to wait a couple of more weeks.

The first action came two weeks after a workshop discussion when Sunset Villas General Manager George Hoch proposed paying the city $1,440 annually for passes to use 12 of the 18 spaces in the metered parking lot. Commissioners agreed to the request based on Hoch paying the city an annual fee of $2,000.

The spaces will be used mostly on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The agreement does not apply on weekends, Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.

Hoch agreed to have his personnel help in keeping the area clean of trash.

However, the police parking lot issue wasn’t quite as simple.

Because the lot is on unmetered city property, Commissioner Tim Ramsberger suggested Jan. 21 that residents of La Bella Vita not be given exclusive use of the lot. Instead, he suggested, open the lot to all city residents with a city parking pass.

City parking passes, which sell for $40 annually, allow city residents to park free of charge at seven city parking lots. The police lot would be No. 8.

That’s the way the commission left it but when the measure came up for a final vote as a regular agenda item, Commissioner Phil Collins noticed the parking pass provision was missing from the language.

“Would these parking spaces be available to everyone?” asked Collins.

“It should be on a first-come, first-served basis and people should have a parking permit,” said Commissioner Carol Coward.

“OK, I understand now,” said City Manager Reid Silverboard. “So what you’re saying

is that if you have a parking pass, you can park there. If (La Bella Vita residents) are going to have a party and need a couple of extra spaces, they need to contact the city and try to work it out.”

That said, Silverboard agreed to rework the language and send it back for another vote on Feb. 18.

Should the measure pass as expected, the 20 spaces in the police lot will be available for public use from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and Friday at 5 p.m. to Monday 6 a.m.

In other action, a resolution failed on a 3-2 vote to increase Silverboard’s salary 3 percent from $110,306 to $113,615. Silverboard received a 5 percent increase last May, which prompted Coward and Commissioner Alan Bildz to question the need. Ramsberger requested more time to discuss the matter with Silverboard. The item is expected to get additional attention at a future commission meeting.
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