Mailed notices to explain new rules
BRADENTON — Homeowners, businesses and tenants in the Village of the Arts will receive mailed notices from the city of Bradenton advising them of new parking regulations for their neighborhood.
The major change will limit parallel parking to one side of 11th, 12th and 13th avenues.
Annie Russini, a resident who helped convert the struggling neighborhood into a destination of artist galleries, cafes and other small businesses, said that allowing parking on both sides of those east-west corridors narrows the lanes for traffic. "A car can’t get through, much less a fire engine," she told the City Council recently.
Council members agreed with the city’s traffic safety committee that the new parking restrictions are needed. Yet they insisted that all of the villagers get notifications about the upcoming change in advance.
Otherwise, Councilman Patrick Roff said, city officials will get complaints that "we just took away their God-given right to park in front of their house."
Russini said she believes all of the residents and businesses on the three affected avenues are aware of the upcoming change.
Public Works Director Jim McLellan said the city needs to get the new parking signs made and erected before Pittsburgh Pirates’ spring training games begin at nearby LECOM Park. The Pirates will play 16 home games, with the opener scheduled for Feb. 22.
McLellan and Mayor Wayne Poston advised Russini and other Village residents of a possible unintended consequence of the new parking restriction. With parking limited to one side of the avenues and creating a wider space for nonstop traffic, drivers passing through the neighborhood may be more inclined to speed, they warned.