By Bryan Boggiano
The fate of a pilot program easing parking rules for commercial and recreational vehicles could be on the chopping block Wednesday if the city votes to strike them down.
The current program allows commercial vehicles to be parked in front of businesses after 9 p.m. or after all businesses in the area have closed, whichever is earlier, until they open the next day.
Before this program, vehicles could only be parked after 9 p.m. or after all businesses in the area had closed, whichever was later. The new program allows all vehicles to be parked at 9 p.m.
The pilot program also allows recreational vehicles to be parked on paved driveways between 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 p.m. on Sunday. If Monday is a federal holiday, they can be parked until 9 p.m. that evening. However, they cannot be parked on driveways between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday to Thursday.
Before this program, recreational vehicles were not allowed to be parked on driveways anytime between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The city commission first discussed the program in 2016 and approved it for one year in 2022. They reviewed the program in July, and some members had negative opinions on how it was functioning. In January, city staff gave a presentation about the program’s progress and code violations after finding 94 violations for the commercial and recreational programs in the area they surveyed.
City staff has recommended extending the pilot program through August 16, so they can conduct more code sweeps and gather input from community members. They plan to do another code sweep in February or March and send surveys in April or May.
The commission will discuss the findings in June and vote on the program’s future in August. After August 16, the commission can choose to extend the program, make changes to the code, or end the program altogether.
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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