Guest Commentary: MPD – New no parking zones and fines

Over the past year citizens living in the southern portion of the island have become increasingly concerned with safety and quality of life issues affiliated with parking in the neighborhoods.

Various city departments including the Police, Community Development and Public works worked with residents in an attempt to resolve the issues. It became apparent that current signage and ordinances were not going to remedy the situation, so the Marco Island City Council asked the City's Planning Board to review the circumstances. On July 16, in a joint workshop with City Council, Planning Board members and the public had an extended dialogue discussing a myriad of options.

At the direction of City Council, seven streets (and swale areas) or portions thereof have been declared no parking areas: S. Collier Blvd., Maple Ave, Seagrape and Swan Drives, as well as Huron and Panama Courts. No parking zones have been created within 500 feet of the beach access points next to Marriott Crystal Shores and Madeira, which mirrored the existing no parking zones adjacent to Resident's beach, South Beach and Tigertail beach entrances.

Additionally, the parking fine for all offenses which has been $30.00 since 1998 has been raised by City Council to $95 (excluding handicapped zone violations which remain $250). Finally, the amended ordnance provides authority for the impoundment of vehicles whose owners have unpaid parking tickets.

The city is attempting to notify the maximum number of citizens and visitors of these new no parking zones, regulations and fines, and to that end is using a multi-faceted public information campaign to increase awareness and voluntary compliance. This news release is an element of this campaign, as is the attached map which will be posted on the City's website.

The city will be creating a section or page on its website which provides locations in which parking is encouraged and permitted for beachgoers, such as the Collier County Beach parking lots on Swallow Ave and at Tigertail Beach.

Traffic message boards have been deployed to the area to provide a significant and notable point of public information.

For the next two weeks, the Marco Island Police Department will be conducting an educational operation in the new no parking zones in an effort to inform and educate the public, however at the conclusion of this period the Police Department will aggressively enforce the new parking zone and affiliated regulations.

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GFonda writes:

I am looking at the map on the City's web site and I see the streets identified in the above message. I am wondering why the side streets off of Maple are not also no parking zones similiar to all the side streets near the South Beach access. Specifically, Flamingo Circle; and Beachcomber, Arawak and Loyalty. They will now be used by beachgoers that cant park on Maple and are closer to the beach access pathway by the Maderia than all of those streets near South Beach that are identified as no parking. Is it that too little thought went into the Maple Avenue area?

Throat_Yogurt writes:

WHY DONT YOU JACK UP THE BOAT RAMP FEES TO! SAY $40 PER LAUNCH?

THEY SHOULD HAVE BUILT A SMALL PARKING GARAGE THERE.

mhs513 writes:

Why doesn't the city, what a joke, FIND or create more parking instead of fining and discouraging parking? Parking, or the lack of parking, near the beaches is not just a problem for tourists.

Pursuit writes:

Finally some common sense from the city father's
The area's involved are purely residential and were being quickly transformed into something adverse as to the original intent.
I do agree with the poster's suggestion to increase the launch fee's particularly at Caxambas. Launch fee's here at our 32 mile lake here in northern ny are $20 in $20 out & $10 for a parked vehicle. People are gladly paying
for the privilege much cheaper than owning & paying yearly property tax

captnjimbo writes:

To those responsible for the parking rules and enforcement...cudos to you. You listened and took action. You take a lot of heat for a lot of things and you should get an accolade when you are this responsive. PS, I think the boat launch belongs to the county and you have a lot of boaters on the island that use it, not only for daily boating, but when the boat needs to be serviced. (Be careful what you wish for...)

woozygirl writes:

95 dollars for a parking ticket is outta control. Why not make it a thousand might as well.

lauralbi1 writes:

I would encourage the MIPD to patrol Swallow Avenue everyday around sunset and start enforcing these new regulations. They are only as effective as the regulation that follows.
Ed Issler

RayNetherwood writes:

Bravo!! The area is beginning to recover from the beaten down grass, and not nearly as much "accidental" trash on the ground. And, the look of a handful of no parking signs opposed to the dozens that had been placed previously, is a GREAT improvement. Couple of comments, someone "in charge" needs to drive down Swan and approach the area from there, an additional sign or two may be needed. Also, the sign just beyond the South Beach drop off reads Collier Ct ... Needs to be fixed. Otherwise, super job and long overdue!!

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