MADEIRA BEACH – The Madeira Beach City Commission voted Sept. 18 to suspend paid parking fees in city-owned parking lots until further notice. The action was taken in support of local businesses that have been impacted by red tide.
All city parking kiosks have been de-activated and display the message “Free Parking Due to Red Tide.” All parking rules, including no back-in parking, no overnight parking and no double space parking, remain in effect.
The city maintains parking at the following locations:
• John’s Pass Park, Gulf Blvd. and 129th Avenue West
• John’s Pass Village parking lot, Village Boulevard and 129th Avenue East
• Beach access lots located on the west side of Gulf Boulevard
• Lots on the west side of Gulf Boulevard at 130th and 132nd Avenue
• Lots on the east side of Gulf Boulevard at 133rd Avenue E and 134th Avenue
• Kitty Stuart Park, Gulf Blvd., and 141st Avenue
• Archibald Memorial Beach Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd.
Other steps taken by the city include providing a staging area at John’s Pass Marina for boats used in proactively cleaning up dead fish miles out in the Gulf prior to them reaching shore.
The city also has provided space in which the county contractor director and support staff can coordinate cleanup operations, which has resulted in much faster response to Madeira Beach citizens calls about needed fish cleanup.