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For the third straight year, the city of Marco Island will provide residents with some respite for parking woes over the holiday season.

The Marco Island City Council has unanimously approved a temporary moratorium for enforcement of blocking sidewalks and parking in swales in residential districts from 10 p.m.- 6 a.m.until Jan. 7.

With Marco Island struggling to find an answer to the limited parking in the city, the proposal was included in the no-cost and low-cost recommendations forwarded to the Council by its the ad hoc parking committee.

Although the move is temporary, it may become a permanent fixture after Councilor Charlette Roman suggested the city adopt the measure as a regular holiday provision in city code.

Changing the city code to reflect the provision permanently would be more efficient for the Council as opposed to having to approve the moratorium every year.

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While supportive of the suggestion, Councilor Victor Rios expressed some concerns about changing the city code until the city addresses how swales factor into improving the city’s water quality issues.

“It may not be as easy to park in them as it is now,” Rios said. “My concern is that if we make it permanent and start reshaping the swales to the way it should be, we will have to retract it one more time.”

With the holiday season right around the corner, Councilor Jared Grifoni said that a number of citizens had reached out to him with concerns that the holiday provision had not been renewed.

Council Chairperson Erik Brechnitz suggested the Council approve the moratorium until the city could review changing the code and bring it back for approval.

Robert Cholka, the chairperson of the ad hoc parking committee, was present for the Council’s decision and thanked them for following through with the committee’s recommendation.

“I do appreciate your decision to take this over to next year and look at addressing this as a permanent ordinance,” Cholka said. 

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