Following the Feb. 27 public workshop, county staff is researching options to bring back to the Board of Sarasota County Commissioners.

We appreciate your feedback about traffic and parking on Siesta Key. More than 1,000 public input forms were submitted online from Jan. 10 through Feb. 17. Read all the input submitted below.

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My parents have a condo on Siesta Key. The traffic is very bad. It can take 20 minutes to go half a mile. I think there should be paid parking at all public beaches on the key.
02/17/2019 11:33 PM

My family has been in Sarasota for over 100 years and it saddens me to see it being destroyed day by day.. I understand growth is necessary, if done correctly it's great, but what has been done in Sarasota has been done ass backwards and has caused so much irreversible damage.. As far as traffic in the Siesta Key area, it's a true living nightmare.. My family and I for over 25 years have gone to Turtle Beach on Thursday nights with other relatives to make sure we stay in touch and remain close, it's tradition.. It's a tradition that we are sadly considering aborting this tradition due to not just the traffic but parking.. Parking on siest key has always been an issue, but never at Tuttle.. When the county renovated the pavilion parking lot it made things worse.. I
02/17/2019 11:31 PM

I find Parking is a problem at beach at midday times, especially on weekends or vacation breaks, and in village at dinner time. Suggestions: more trolleys so wait time can be decreased. Also - businesses, ie Wells Fargo, parking lot is empty on Sundays and an arrangement could be explored to make it open to public at that time only.
02/17/2019 10:11 PM

The greed of the SC pandering to businesses is ridiculous. Passed a law that hotels can mark off their space on the beach, stupid. What about the tax paying residents. All this greed will result in ruining the Key and no one will enjoy it. Limit tourism. Do the hotels enforce room occupancy rules. I doubt it. This is all about money for the county, I wasnt born yesterday. I think residents should sue the county, we pay taxes, what rights do we have. Shame on your Greed. I am sure that county employees are being paid off. Codes have been changed regarding building codes for those rich companies building hotels. You are working for us or did you forget that. We have lost our rights because you are getting paid off.
02/17/2019 9:39 PM

It is horrible that residents of SC cannot use their beach. Went today and South bridge was backed up forever. We tried beach access 13 and couldn't even get near it. Tried to find parking on the street across the road. When I have house guests we can not find parking. All the This is the #1 beach, may have benefited the businesses, but has punished residents. We moved to Sarasota 5 years ago specifically because of Siesta Key. SC is pandering to the businesses and visitors and not to the residents. You are ruining the Key. Residents will move off because they can't get home. Eventually the whole key will be a tourist trap. Charge a toll to cross the bridge, put in metered parking or a lot specifically for residents. Give tickets to the slobs that litter. I AM PISSED.
02/17/2019 9:17 PM

create better biking and pedestrian avenues and access no parking at north end of siesta beach slow down midnight pass and Higel allow more restaurant activity at public beach
02/17/2019 9:16 PM 

When the snow birds are visiting Sarasota it hard to go over SK
02/17/2019 8:58 PM

I am saddened and frustrated that our government has ignored all our input and approved the Benderson project. The situation is already verging on disastrous. There is a limit to how many cars can travel onto Siesta key!!! If the county wants to charge for parking, ALL county residents should get stickers, so that only tourists pay to park. When I go on vacation, I expect to spend more money than usual. We should not make it a hardship for county families and seniors to enjoy their local beach. Glad I don't live on the key, because I don't think Emergency Vehicles can respond in a timely fashion, with the constant traffic backups. Sad to watch Sarasota being ruined.
02/17/2019 8:29 PM

Against paid parking. I do not go to the beach during the season usually. Off season, I go early to avoid crowds. If I had to pay to park, I would go elsewhere and feel very angry since I am a longtime resident and taxpayer. I will not go downtown and pay to park and I will not go to St. Armands to pay and park. I am not quite sure the city and county knows how to manage all the money they collect, as is. The priorities appear to be bike lanes and dog parks and the arts. These are all good, but we have potholes, overcrowded roads, and a need for more law enforcement. We have one deputy assigned to my area, and we never see him/her because the area is huge. I pray I never need immediate assistance.
02/17/2019 8:27 PM

If more residents, or visitors took SCAT Transportation there wouldn't be the same congestion with traffic and parking, and finding parking spaces.
02/17/2019 8:05 PM

The Key to Parking issue is No Cars - Toll I am writing this because the County and Community is probably at “the tip of the iceberg” of an issue that in 5-10 years may be too late to deal with and the Benderson Issue creates a unique opportunity to solve the issue now that may not be there in 5-10 years. That issue is vehicular traffic on Siesta Key. In general, controlling the site and developing the site to be a “solution” for current and future planning issues versus developing it in a manner that will exasperate current and future planning issue is something nobody will argue. The potential issues as planned are real as voiced by the Public. One must assume that Bendenrson’s motivation is financial and assume they are not proposing this
02/17/2019 7:58 PM

I have enjoyed a property on Siesta Key for 30 years. At one point I felt this was this was a 5-star destination and enjoyed the weather, water and nature. Now it is mostly frustration from trying to squeeze too many people onto a small island-- insane traffic, exhaust, signage. -- Everyone expected growth, but paving paradise has not worked here. Is there a plan or just outstretched palms?
02/17/2019 7:53 PM

Traffic on the Key is OK very early in the morning and late at night. Otherwise, you have to plan an extra 15-20 minutes just to get on & off the Key, especially if you happen to get caught by an open bridge. Per parking at the Public Beach, it should definitely be PAID parking. At least $5/day but no more than $15/day. It is a small price to pay to use our beautiful beach.
02/17/2019 7:44 PM

A parking garage or 2 would go a long way to helping the situation all year long. I love Siesta Beach but never go go because I spend more time looking for parking than I do on the beach.
02/17/2019 6:54 PM

I think a charge at the beach for parking or toll at the bridges. We live on Siesta 5 months a year and are unable to get out of our complex on to Midnight Pass Rd.
02/17/2019 6:53 PM

Get rid of tennis courts Develop every spot of dirt up to firehouse into parking
02/17/2019 6:53 PM

Pay to park! Annual pass for residents.
02/17/2019 6:53 PM

WE believe that there should be a parking fee for Siesta Key beach. This would generate thousands of dollars for the county that is much needed. It would also help alleviate the traffic problems. I believe the county budget could use these additional funds. There should be a reduced fee for Sarasota residents.
02/17/2019 6:52 PM

Parking is very difficult in the village. Especially during peak season.
02/17/2019 6:51 PM

I am not in favor of the current proposed Siesta Promenade project due to the increased traffic this will bring to the North end of Siesta Key because drivers will try and avoid the South end. Siesta Drive cannot be a spillover reroute for Stickney Point traffic!! Dee Reams, Bay Island resident.
02/17/2019 5:46 PM 

I cannot believe that our county government has voted on this and it proved it and is now asking for the communities opinion? Really? If you had done your due diligence and studied the traffic patterns as they are and seen his business plan and the growth potential that it will bring you would understand that what we as a city are not ready for that . The roads cannot handle the amount of people that this will bring. I am not a post to change but I do appreciate a team of the administrators civil servant’s that have the Forethought To think about the repercussions on the front end. So I say to you, please please please do not allow this to proceed until the roads and the bridges have been brought up to standards that can withstand that sort of population.
02/17/2019 5:44 PM

To be avoided at all costs!
02/17/2019 5:04 PM

We are starting to see pay parking lots pop up. As a resident and taxpayer of Sarasota I should never have to pay to park at our beach. If pay to park is necessary to finance improvements, more parking, etc., then full year residents who have a vehicle registered in Sarasota county should be exempt via a hang tag, window sticker, etc. Tags should be specific to a car, no tags for condo owners to give out of state guests to use, Sarasota residents only. Traffic apparently is what it is, but continued development on and around the Key will only make it worse. For example, the proposed Benderson development at Stickney Point and Tamiami is a horrible idea, adding traffic to an area that is almost impassible during certain times of the year. We are in danger of ruining paradise.
02/17/2019 4:25 PM

Lived here since 1975. It is a nightmare to try to go to the beach during season. It is horrific for the residents of Sarasota that we pay taxes and cannot enjoy the beach due to bottle neck traffic and no parking is available. Only answer may be an ugly LOW RISE parking garage....how sad that it comes to this...and we definitely NEED BUS PULL OFF lanes everywhere in town! Both city and county officials want development for the property taxes and to increase property values but the consequence is gridlock. You are pushing full time residents to the limits with all this development. Residential streets are being used a cut thru which is unacceptable. Further development west of the interstate needs to be to be stopped. Michele Wolk
02/17/2019 4:16 PM 

I have been a resident for almost 40 yrs. I lived on the key during some of my yrs. No fun as a resident on the key dealing with the traffic congestion. Put a parking garage on the n/w corner stickney & 41 with trolley service every 15 min to beach. Keeps traffic congestion off sk also if needed later another parking garage at the south end of beach parking lot with fees to pay. The fees will help pay for the garages and trolley service. Some thought should be put into what can be done with the roads to keep any existing traffic flowing. It is going to get worse as developments and tourism seem to be on a consistent rise.
02/17/2019 2:19 PM

I love the beach and can never find parking. It is sad to live so close and go max 3 times a year
02/17/2019 1:30 PM

I've been coming to Siesta Key since 1975 and have been a property owner since 2008. Traffic has grown exponentially in the last 10 years. Part time residents pay a huge property tax and I feel like our quality of life is being sacrificed for the almighty tourist dollar. Midnight Pass was not made to handle the volume of traffic that is on it today. I feel strongly that there should be paid parking for BOTH Siesta and Turtle beaches! Property owners should be offered an annual parking pass at a discounted rate. Isn't there already bus service from the mainland to the island? If so, it should be continued and perhaps expanded. If not, it should be implemented. The draw bridge is a HUGE traffic disrupter, especially at Stickney Point. Change it to going up once an hour during high season.
02/17/2019 1:14 PM

A direct SCAT route from populated areas to the beach would be very beneficial. I do not visit Siesta Key because of never being able to find parking and the traffic. It is disappointing because I moved here with the intention of visiting the beach frequently. I live on Bee Ridge. It is unsafe to bike on Siesta and I do not feel safe using SCAT and then my bike to visit the beach. There is only one route to the beach from the Westfield mall and the trip in total would be over an hour just to visit the beach.
02/17/2019 12:49 PM

Full-time residents should be able to park FREE. Part-time residents and visitors are the ones who should pay for parking. They create the problem. Full-time residents could apply for, and receive, free parking permits good for a year. All others would have to pay for permits which could be available at hotels. This does create some expenses for the county, but full-time residents already bear enough problems and inconveniences as a result of the tourists and especially the snowbirds. As a retiree I receive 0 benefit from having them here and a lot of aggravation. The key is NO FEE FOR FULL-TIME RESIDENTS. The county commission missed the boat in not requiring Benderson, through the proposed hotel or otherwise, to institute free parking and bus access to the Key for hotel guests and others
02/17/2019 12:25 PM

There should be a charge for parking. Even residents, which we are owners on Siesta for many years. Possibly offer a annual resident pass to help with cost. Stop having flea market& craft fairs in the village, especially during in season. There is no parking for this. Have offsite location parking at a reduced rate. Charge for the trolleys. Stop the drum circle every week. Maybe change to 1st and 3rd Sunday’s. STOP the fireworks at the beach. This cannot be healthy for the sea life and adds no value to the key. In other words nothing is free and the beach should be protected as a priority. After spending all the money on the renovation, why is there a portable Bathroom in the parking lot? It looks really trashy and takes away from our beautiful environment.
02/17/2019 11:34 AM

I like the free parking for Siest Beach. As a home owner I like to come for an hour just to walk the beach. If there is a parking fee home owners of Sarasota should be able to purchase a annual pass at a reduced rate.
02/17/2019 11:34 AM

We come down to Siest Key for 7 weeks every winter. We went up to the village to do breakfast and go to craft show at 8:30 am. We could have used my handicap but I know there are more people in need.We couldn’t find a parking spot. We had to pay $10 for 2 hr. So when time was up my husband left. Yesterday was the first time I used the trolly. It was packed. Couldn’t find place to catch it . No sign in front of grocery store in village, no bench to sit on .Several people could use it including me. Waited 40 minutes and very hard on my back. Suggest benches, less time waiting, more handicap spot, more trolleys running. Great ride on trolley but lucky to get seat.
02/17/2019 10:13 AM

If you don't get to any of the beach lots before 11:30 there is nowhere to park. If you come back after 3:00 you may have better luck. It's a shame we are unable to use the beaches we live here for. I'm not sure what the answer is. Perhaps a better way to encourage people to take shuttles from off the island? If parking is to be paid, it should be for non-Sarasota county residents though how do you not turn off tourists who come here for our beaches?
02/17/2019 8:30 AM

Meh, parking is ok. Traffic stinks due to non-elevated ped walkways and the trolly
02/17/2019 7:54 AM

I am a full time resident of Sarasota County. I have not been able to go to the beach during season and it’s dissapointing. I would love for a section of the parking lot at siesta to be designated for SC residents. Possibly short term parking. There are days I would just love to go walk on the beach for 30 mins with my kids and I’m not even able to do that most days. My son and his friends try to go tot he beach after school and struggle to find spots in the village and that’s frustrating as well. How about using the Southgate mall and using bus shuttles to move people. This would help cut down the traffic as well. I know in Marco island there are resident only parking lots. You must show your id in order to get in. I hope something is done, I love this county and the beach!!! Thank you!!
02/17/2019 7:19 AM

Why not build a parking garage? It makes the most sense and can accommodate the most cars. Use the Benderson property on Stickney Point and 41 or a trolley station in parking lot for additional beachgoers.
02/17/2019 1:47 AM

I live just a few minutes from Siesta Key. You couldn't pay me to live actually on the key as the traffic is absolutely ridiculous! I enjoy going down to Crescent for a walk but last weekend I turned around and went home because I couldn't find a place to park. I really don't know how to fix the problem but if there's any pay parking, I believe if you are a full time resident there should NOT be a fee or at the most, a pass that you purchase at tag renewal of a very small sum, for example, $20 for the year. I LIVE here, am a HOME OWNER and pay for all the "amenities" to my town in my (property)taxes. I don't even get to use my beach....it really is crazy. I also think that after business hours, parking should be allowed in businesses parking lots.
02/16/2019 11:44 PM

Two- two level. parking lots ( an east and west lot)would almost double parking and would not impact any beach view since you can’t see the beach from the parking lot anyway.2 2-level parking lots will help with traffic flow as opposed to just one parking area. In other words keep the east and west parking lots as they are now. Just build a second level !!!!
02/16/2019 11:24 PM

Parking on Siesta Key and at the beach is awful. Particularly during special events in Siesta Key Village; there are many side streets that are marked no parking. Fines are exorbitant. Businesses, vendors and event organizers want people to attend, but there is no way to park. If you want to go to the beach on an event weekend, you have to get there before 9am. There's absolutely no place to park.
02/16/2019 11:20 PM 

Paid parking please. Offer yearly pass at nominal fee to full time residents. I pay property taxes and should get the benefits. Siesta key public beach is no longer as nice as it was before upgrades. Cgatgyfir access
02/16/2019 10:27 PM

Siesta Beach should have paid parking, possibly with discounts/decals for Sarasota County residents.
02/16/2019 6:46 PM

I think if u r going to charge that those of us who pay property taxes should be able to get a cheaper price, but overall. I THINK YOU SHOULD NOT CHARGE. I think it is fine the way it us. More parking will just crowd the beach.
02/16/2019 6:44 PM

I think during season we just have to deal with it summer is not a problem except for holidays. Wish we had a shuttle off the we could ride. If you decide on paid parking, i think we need premits sticker for residents so we wouldn't have to pay a meter..just pay a annual fee.
02/16/2019 5:50 PM

ABOVE ALL, look after those of us that live on SK. You need to figure out how to facilitate our coming and going and NOT the interlopers who are heading to Siesta Beach. The Trolley is great (I use it). How in the world will you deal with the hordes who will live at Stickney and 41 who will want to head here all the time. If elected politicians were not subject to cash donations, we would likely not have the traffic Armageddon that WILL come, unless those of you, smarter than me and my neighbors, can offer us something. We pay taxes. They don't. Look after us first.
02/16/2019 5:39 PM

How about rotary/roundabouts at midnight pass and Higel and midnight pass and beach rd. How about a parking garage on or off the key with low cost 3-5 dollars a day and shuttle service to the village and beach
02/16/2019 5:34 PM

It is ridiculous that projects like the Daiquiri Deck on Stickney Point were approved with no parking. Any option where Sarasota County homeowners who pay property taxes have to pay to park at Siesta Key beaches is unacceptable.
02/16/2019 5:27 PM

I believe paid parking will detract from the charm and appeal of Siesta Key, particularly at the beach. Residents will be less likely to visit and to patronize the shops and restaurants.
02/16/2019 5:13 PM 

As a local who loves our fantastic Siesta beach I am on-site nearly every weekend of the year. While the 'park & ride' model proposed may make sense for short term visitors, it's untenable for residents who already pay taxes to be able to enjoy our beaches. I am strongly opposed to a 'metered parking / pay every time' approach. Let our seasonal visitors, tourists, and vacationers (who pay no local taxes) foot the bill. An annual pass / window decal for locals at a modest fee could be an acceptable compromise.
02/16/2019 3:46 PM

Approving the Siesta Promenade monstrosity was a huge mistake. The intersection of Stickney Point & Tamiami Trail already backs upregularly on weekdays and is horrendous on weekends. The increase in heavy traffic from Siesta Promenade residents and visitors to the hotel will exacerbate an already accident-prone intersection and the impact on emergency vehicles getting to and from Siesta Key may have life-altering effects for those in need of assistance. The increased traffic in the Aqualane Estates & Pine Shores neighborhoods is going to have a severe negative impact on residents' quality of life.
02/16/2019 2:55 PM

Been coming multiple times a year for years and the recent traffic situation is making us rethink this. The trolley stopping on Beach Road is idiotic, it needs dedicated turnoffs. Main parking lot renovation is nice but seems like more spots could fit if the confirguration was different - too many dividers with trees, etc. Stickney bridge opening every half hour is insane - I have no facts to support this but cost/benefit of number of people impacted seems like it could not be in favor of opening bridge that frequently.
02/16/2019 2:40 PM

Early morning or late evening traffic and parking are of course manageable; however, daily traffic can be a nightmare. Often there is no parking available and traffic is at a stand still. It's hard to imagine how adding the tower on Stickney Point and 41 will be manageable, as it is already backed up throughout the day, depending on the weather and those trying to get to the beach along Stickney Point and Midnight Pass. Shuttles have helped somewhat, but clearly there is a major traffic and parking issue in SK and Sarasota that needs to be addressed and resolved. Additional building such as the complex on Stickney Point and 41 will only exacerbate the existing problem.
02/16/2019 2:16 PM 

I've been a seasonal resident for over 30 years. Siesta key has gotten out of control. The greed is rampant as 1-800-ASS- GARY is determined to ruin the beauty Siesta Key with more towers , hotels, condos, etc....traffic is already terrible. It's faster to walk. Parking? Lol..there is no parking! We ride bikes to get around, go to public early in the morning, or late at night. The Sarasota commissioners are on the take, just like what happened in Naples years ago. Most of them went to prison after changing zoning laws for their million dollar condos given to them by developers. It should all about the all mighty dollar here, too. Just jam in more tourists, take their money, and to hell with everyone else....... wish 1-800-ASS-GARY would take his siesta key show and ruin someplace else.
02/16/2019 2:14 PM

I haven't been to Siesta at all this year. Who wants stop and go traffic or using a half a tank of gas driving around the parking lot waiting for a parking space and I would rather hear the ocean rather than loud very unpleasant music!
02/16/2019 1:42 PM

The DOT has helped our traffic situation by changing the bridge opening times, by creating lighted crosswalks, and by encouraging the Siesta Trolly. However, allowing the major construction at the corner of 41 and Stickney Point RD will create a terrible traffic situation at that intersection many times a day. For those of us who live here (23 years for me) it will change where and when we do errands and we will have to take our business someplace other than any place served by that corner!!
02/16/2019 1:16 PM

We are seasonal renters at Our House At the Beach. The noise in the parking lot during the evenings, especially weekends is unacceptable. Multiple tucks and cars without mufflers and “souped -up” engines are horribly loud. The cars/trucks (driven by teenagers) have taken over. They race back and forth throughout the parking lot, squeal tires, spin the cars in circles, rev their engines, and blare their music. Groups of vehicles are always coming and going. Unfortunately, the sheriff deputies are slow to respond to this low priority with limited staff. You need to put up fence barriers at all entrances after sundown to stop access to the lot. Close the park one hour after sunset. Between 8 p.m.-midnight, this beach is hell. We never want to come back.
02/16/2019 1:00 PM

Please do not add any more parking on Siesta Key. Focus on keeping cars off the bridges and roads by providing convenient off-site parking with shuttle service. Use the old Sheriff's facility for a Trolley transfer station. If paid parking is implemented, do it county-wide and use the funds for alternative transportation and bike/ped safety improvements.
02/16/2019 11:48 AM

More parking will never be enough & will cause more traffic. How about a parking lot off the key and the Breeze Trolley or some other free transportation to encourage people to use it?
02/16/2019 11:09 AM

We just moved off of Siesta Key and listed our place for sale because of the traffic and noise. Traffic gets backed up over a mile on Midnight Pass and on 41 at Stickney Point. We had lived there about 11 years and planned living there the rest of our retirement years. We don't miss the traffic, noise or frustrations. We miss seeing the beach, but our stress levels and sleep is more important.
02/16/2019 10:37 AM

Local residents of Sarasota county and nearby manatee and Charlotte counties should not be required to pay a parking fee!
02/16/2019 8:21 AM

Tourists should pay, locals not and are given Resident car stickers to get free parking. Not sure how you regulate traffic as you cannot stop people from going to the beach. Avoiding excessive growth in the area would be a good start, especially the Siesta Gateway project that will totally ruin the southern bridge area with excessive housing and retail....really greedy move Commissioners!
02/16/2019 8:03 AM

I am very disappointed with parking at Turtle Beach. Why would anyone authorize a playground next to a beach? It took up valuable parking, and is hardly ever used. Playgrounds are in parks. People do not drive to a beach to play in a playground. The boat launch area is never fully utilized and should be reduced to allow more vehicle parking. Also large motor homes which park across 3 car spaces should be prohibited. This further impacts the parking issue.
02/16/2019 7:34 AM

Traffic is a nightmare! Please don't add to it.
02/15/2019 11:32 PM

The “Traffic Choke Point” for the South end of Siesta Key is, Stickney Point Road, at the intersection of US 41 to the intersection of Midnight Pass Road, which effects the entire island. Potential parking areas, for pick up would include Philippi Park, Morton’s on Osprey, & Sarasota Pavilion. Potential on island drop off points could include: Turtle Beach, Siesta Key Public Beach, & Siesta Key Village. The Sherriff’s Training Facility would provide adequate parking but not elevate the traffic issues. Residents need access to the public tennis courts, vs visitors using the parking for the beach. Metering on the Siesta Key Village streets is not in the best interest of the businesses. Clogging the southern access to Siesta Key will negatively affect the northern access, also.
02/15/2019 11:02 PM

More trollies!
02/15/2019 9:29 PM

Parking is getting increasingly more difficult to find on a busy day, that is why paid parking could be a good idea. Since there are such variables in traffic and beach attendance, it is my suggestion to try a demand based approach to parking rates. On the busiest days of the year rates should be the highest and on the slowest days of the year rates should be the least, or even free. The public beach is such a benefit to the community for being able to bring together people of all backgrounds and income levels. It would be a shame if parking rates priced people out of that public benefit. Demand based pricing has been used successfully in many cases now, including on toll roads across the US. Technology exists today that would allow such a pricing system to be easily incorporated.
02/15/2019 9:05 PM

Fills up fast. Full signs not much help because someone always leaving-open spot. How about nominal $2 per day to park? How about scheduled shuttles with off key parking. Could then fund a second handicapped mat near south concession stand
02/15/2019 7:44 PM

Please do NOT IMPOSE parking fees at Siesta Beach. One of the beautiful and wonderful things about our magnificent beach is that there is no parking fees to park. Please, lets keep our beach as the NR1 beach in our country. Imposing parking fees is NOT the way to generate income. Thank you, Ivan Pressman
02/15/2019 6:23 PM

Why are you asking now? This is putting the cart before the horse. 90% of us did not want It, And yet you went ahead with it anyway, only to pad your pockets! There will be serious safety hazards And traffic. What were you thinking???
02/15/2019 6:12 PM

I've lived in Sarasota county for over 20 years and paid parking is nothing but a cash grab for the county. You can spin it whatever way you want. Increase carpooling, reduce traffic, etc. I don't believe it at all. Sure traffic is bad, its a popular area. Paid parking will not change that. If paid parking is implemented I will not vote for any of the existing county commissioners and will personally be sure to campaign against the current commission during the next election cycle. My tax dollars paid for the current infrastructure at Siesta Key. Forcing me to pay for park is nothing short of theft. Do not charge for parking. - A concerned taxpayer.
02/15/2019 5:46 PM 

I do not think it is a good idea to charge for parking at Siesta Key. If you charge for parking, less people will visit the beach, and I will be one of those people; I will never visit that beach again and will tell all family and friends to do the same!
02/15/2019 5:34 PM

Paid parking at Siesta Beach for non residence is an option to be considered. Many of our working families use or beaches for family fun time as they may have limited funds. Use decals to have access to specific parking zones marked "For Resident Only". See what happens to the merchants downtown SRQ and St Armand when their parking meters go into force.
02/15/2019 3:51 PM

I think this is a great idea!
02/15/2019 2:41 PM

I'm a local Realtor and as such I find myself all over Sarasota County including Siesta Key. It's very hard to get on and off Siesta during "season." It's even more difficult to find parking at the beach. That said, it's harder to get on and off Lido and around St Armands. Because of parking issues, I tend to end up at Manatee County beaches.
02/15/2019 2:25 PM

free beach parking for Sarasota county residents; others pay FYI that how it's done in Collier county. Our property taxes pay for the beach.
02/15/2019 2:22 PM

Our beach is a public treasure and as full time local residents, we should make it as easy as possible for people to visit. Only a few days have the gridlock parking traffic problem that cause so much concern. I feel FREE parking is a huge asset to our beach and a long tradition here. Supply and demand will control it on those busy days. A small parking fee will not affect that at all. Fees will only destroy the welcoming free space we have all loved for many years. Most days of the year there is NOT a parking/traffic issue. I live within 1/2 mile of Siesta Beach and see the pattern 12 months a year. We locals enjoy our ability to drive over to the beach without paying to park. Please preserve that. Do not create a “crisis” which does not really exist. Thank you!
02/15/2019 1:50 PM 

Paid parking is it going to solve anything you have more people who what to go to the beach than Parking is available, that simple. Charging for parking is nothing more than a tax. When it gets too busy I ride my bike to the key. There are no solutions, it a beautiful beach and key leave it alone, Approving a 8 story hotel and 400+ condos in a residential neighborhood on Stickypoint and 41 sure is not going to help Siesta Key, you have caused worst problems for everyone. You make no sense, we have a problem what should we do ... let’s see put several more thousand people on the island and act like we care about traffic.
02/15/2019 1:40 PM

I live off Stickney Pt. & Avenue D...traffic is a nightmare on weekends and especially in season. There were times I couldn't even get home to care for an elderly parent. To see cars backed up on 41 & Stickney Pt. Road is absolutely horrific especially when people refuse to move and block all the intersections. Of course there are never any Sheriff cars around to move the traffic or give out tickets. It is frightening to watch bicyclist's on Stickney trying to get to the beach because cars just don't pay any attention to them. This cannot and should not go on and building the Promenade is going to be hell for all that live in this area and the Key. What solutions do the commissioners have...none...because they don't deal with this kind of congestion.
02/15/2019 1:27 PM

There should be paid daily parking at the entrance but county residents should be able to buy an annual pass with a dedicated entrance. It’s nearly impossible to find a spot on weekends and some people just circle and circle. I often drop my guests and then pay $10 to park at St Boniface so I don’t waste time fighting for a space.
02/15/2019 1:12 PM

No where to park
02/15/2019 1:01 PM

It is very frustrating, attempting to get a parking space at Siesta Beach especially in season, it almost makes it not worth the trip. However, installing paid parking will create a whole host of new and additional problems, without solving the already high traffic.. The mess of expired meters, how to control, towing? are fraught with added problems that will only acerbate issues at Siesta Key Beach.
02/15/2019 12:59 PM

I try not to go to Siesta Key during periods of heavy traffic. Unfortunately, the events that attract tourists and residents, alike, are events I miss out on because of traffic and parking issues. The Key was NOT built up to handle this kind of traffic. There has been little or no oversight on the part of government to address these issues. Very disappointing.
02/15/2019 12:58 PM

This is the most idiotic idea ever proposed by Sarasota County. Are you seriously trying to kill the goose laying the golden egg? Traffic and parking on Siesta Key are always going to be difficult during the snow-bird season. Put on your “big boy pants” and get over it.
02/15/2019 12:52 PM

Build two parking garages 1 behinds Morton’s 2 where the existing parking lot is at The beach No brained... should have been done years ago! Add better bus service with shelters and people will actually use the service
02/15/2019 12:40 PM

I moved to Sarasota 23 years ago, and I used to go to Siesta Beach often. I haven't been to beach in over five years because there is no place to park. I think the county should build a multi-level parking garage onsite.
02/15/2019 12:40 PM

Many places in the country with swing and draw bridges have schedules for when the bridges will open for boat traffic, rather than here where they'll open every time a boat approaches. Traffic on Stickney Point (and all the roads going over the intercoastal bays in SRQ) would be much better if the bridge didn't open so frequently. It makes more sense to inconvenience a few boaters for a few minutes than hundreds of people in cars.
02/15/2019 12:34 PM

Public docks please! Both on siesta and the mainland The docks could support public ferry and private boats and the county could charge. The free ride on the key could support drive the people around so less cars on the key
02/15/2019 12:28 PM

There were so many times I tried to find a parking spot but failed.
02/15/2019 12:27 PM

Charging for parking or the bridge isn’t the solution. Public transport is and a digital sign BEFORE the bridge saying the lot is full would be very helpful!
02/15/2019 12:03 PM

I'm not opposed to paid parking on Siesta, but there has to be an equitable solution implemented. I live in SRQ full-time, and many times I can't even enjoy the beach because of lack of parking on the island. Contributing to this is over-development, beach access being limited or cut off in other areas, and the complete lack of alternatives such as the use of remote lots and shuttle services. It should not be just the rich who can afford to buy million dollar condos that are able to enjoy one of the primary reasons we all love Sarasota - our beaches and waterfront.
02/15/2019 11:53 AM

Although not a resident, I live here for 7 months. I think there should be parking at the east end of both bridges, with a free shuttle that runs every 20 min. And the Real Time of the shuttle would be displayed at both shuttle locations.
02/15/2019 11:50 AM

Siesta Key Promenade is a TERRIBLE idea. Please do NOT allow this to contribute to traffic at this intersection. It's already difficult to get across the bride to Siesta Key. Also, there are GORGEOUS TREES on this property at US41 & Stickney Pnt. Road. It's a lovely entranceway to Siesta Key and we should do everything possible to keep these huge native Pines alive and well. Make sure all GRAND TREES are protected here for Osprey and Eagles to continue nesting there. Thank you for all you do to keep Sarasota beautiful and wildlife safe!! :)
02/15/2019 11:47 AM

I don't even try to go to Siesta Key on weekends anymore. It's too much hassle driving around looking for parking.
02/15/2019 11:31 AM

As a full time resident, it is frustrating to not be able to find a place to park to enjoy the beach. On weekends, it is nearly impossible. Many times we choose nokomis beach instead because of traffic/parking issues.
02/15/2019 10:42 AM

there is strong need to add paid parking at the public beach with a a free parking permit for county resident.
02/15/2019 10:14 AM

The traffic is sometimes terrible getting to and from Siesta Key. It is not bad once I am on the Key. The problem is the bridges, particularly the draw bridge. If you start charging for parking, that will be an annoyance which will encourage some people to go elsewhere. I am opposed to that.
02/15/2019 9:41 AM

There is not enough parking, I do not want to pay to park. I find it easier to find parking on the street than in the parking lot. Parking seem small especially when a car load if people are trying to load up after a day at the beach and I am trying to safely back out.
02/15/2019 8:48 AM 

Traffic on Stickney Point Road getting to Midnight Pass Road is extremely difficult for those of us who live here. Building more shops and condos on the corner of Route 41 and Stickney Point Road would create a hazardous situation. Traffic already backs up all the way over the bridge, out over route 41. It is critical that you limit construction and increases in traffic or we will not be able to get to our home.
02/15/2019 8:29 AM

During high season and on weekends throughout the year, the traffic is horrible. It takes 30 + minutes to actually get off of the key. Having people pay for parking may bring people to Siesta Key who are actually willing to clean up after themselves at the beach.
02/15/2019 8:10 AM

Your about 15 years or more to late to be worried about parking on the key. The solution would have to not over build and to stop increasing the population density in the first place. The county went forward with the Benderson Promenade development after years of feed back to scale it down. So now your looking for feed back on the parking issue on the key? Really!! As the county is still increasing the density on the Key. And you think I believe you will take to heart more feed back ? Perfect example of incompetency. One of the requirements of the county is to look after the safety and welfare of it people. The county commissioners should be removed from office and the county sued for incompetency and endangerment. Really, feed back on the parking issues on the key? No respect, T.R.
02/15/2019 7:18 AM

Traffic is terrible now and is going to get worse!!!
02/14/2019 11:12 PM

Parking should be free for locals. We should be able to enjoy our beaches. Our tourist can pay small parking fees to help us maintain the area.
02/14/2019 11:01 PM

I am a part-time resident of Manatee County, but soon to be a permanent resident of either Sarasota or Manatee (depending on where I find a home). I think it is a disgrace to charge for parking at Siesta Key. Perhaps you should limit the number of parking spaces an RV is permitted to use. All the money that was spent on redoing the parking lot and pavilion was not well-spent. There are not enough restrooms, and there is too much parking space wasted on trees. Pretty soon you'll be charging to use the beach just like the Jersey shore.
02/14/2019 10:24 PM

Please make paid parking a reality. I would pay any amount to be able to go to the beach. It is not possible now, make the feed high!!!
02/14/2019 10:20 PM

Terrible, we don’t even go there anymore.
02/14/2019 9:40 PM

It is so discouraging to live here full time and not have access to Siesta Beach for months at a time. If you can get on the key from all the traffic, parking is near impossible.
02/14/2019 9:33 PM

I hope County residents will not have to pay to access and use any county beaches.
02/14/2019 7:46 PM

I don't think there should be paid parking. But if there is paid parking a pass should be available to all Sarasota County residents, not just residents of Siesta Key. Other counties have county amenities available to all county residents, ie, Pinellas County residents (all) have priority access to camping at Fort Desoto, and other counties have similar programs. And, why not have the meeting at a time when younger county residents that work can attend????? 9:00 on a weekday??? You work for all of the people including the residents that work. Please reset the meeting time to a more reasonable time so all county residents can attend. Thank you
02/14/2019 7:02 PM

As a resident at Bay Oaks our suggestion is to open up more public access between the SK beach and Cresent Beach. Many people would be willing to walk across the street if the access would be available but it seems the beach hotels have this all tied up without access if you are not staying with them. This would definitely cut down on some traffic.
02/14/2019 6:15 PM

I travel to the key 5 times.per week to delivert linch to my husband who works there. During season it can take upwards of 35 minutes for the 6 minute trip. The key can't hold anymore traffic!
02/14/2019 4:33 PM

We have been staying across from Siesta Key beach on a two week basis for over a decade. We recognize there will be traffic and noise but the evening hours are extraodinarly loud. 1) ban blowers and other maintenance equipment after 6 PM or 6:30 at the latest. We pay 2,000 a week so OT to hear equipment during and after sunset. 2) instill and enforce a anti-noise ordinance to stop “”high performance vehicles” and especially motorcycles from generating over a certain forcible levels) review the signal timing and lane approaches of the signals on Higel at Ovean Blvd and Midnight Pass. It takes much too long to traverse that area yet the queue dissipates approsching Tamiami Trail it the Village. Good luck and thanks for asking Jon, retired Civil Engineer
02/14/2019 2:34 PM 

If a move to pay parking is made full time Sarasota county residents should still get free parking. In addition when the remodel occurred adding as many parking spots as possible wasn't the goal. There is room for an additional 50-150 spots in areas currently unused for county storage to the south of the existing parking lots. In addition an overflow lot with shuttle transport should be contemplated.
02/14/2019 1:36 PM

I live in Gulf Gate estates and work part time at the sandal factory in siesta key village. During season, I either walk or ride my bike to work as there is no way of planning on how long it will take me to get to work and find parking during season. I have been stuck in traffic no matter what bridge I head to before or after work for up to 1 1/2 hours. I also find it very dangerous to ride my bike as the drivers are not paying attention and the pedestrians are not paying attention or following the walking and bike riding rules. I would prefer not to ride my bike or walk but this is not an option during season.
02/14/2019 1:04 PM

Our family owns a business on Siesta Key for 18 years and the parking has always been a problem. Restaurants continue to expand but the parking does not. We should build a parking garage in The Village to accommodate more people. We could use the Municipal parking lot for the garage.
02/14/2019 12:59 PM

We are 'snowbird' from Ontario, Canada and spend a good part of our winters on Siesta Key, several years with our Roadtrek motorhome and since 2011 in a mobile home close to Stickney Point Rd. We noticed that the traffic gridlock over the bridge to the island becomes worse every year. We always park at Turtle Beach and use the Trolley to get around. What a great idea and we would gladly pay a small fee for this service. As to the parking on the newly expanded parking lot, we would encourage you to charge a fee, maybe 4 hours, daily, weekly or monthly. To expand the Trolley service further to the North of the Key would certainly take cars off the road and parking spaces, too. Regards, Jurgen Haedicke
02/14/2019 12:29 PM

Progress is inevitable! That corner has been an "eye-sore" for years - let's make it look nice. I have confidence that County/State Engineers can make the traffic plan work if they will spend the $$ and take the time to do it correctly. It is a mess now.............. - it can only get better. An overpass may be needed for Rt 41? Please consider the traffic at Bispham and Rt 41 - the entrance to the Shell Station creates a dangerous corner. Please make the Bispham intersection part of the Plan. Thank you!
02/14/2019 10:57 AM

Keep the public beach free parking! Put the portable toilet back on the beach near the village entrance. Do maintenance near the south bridge during the night or off peak times.
02/14/2019 10:28 AM

I'm sorry, I believe this is about money. I suggest we: 1. Require and issue licenses for RESIDENTIAL RENTALS. I owned a rental condo in Ocean City Maryland, I was required to obtain and Display a license. Rental agencies had to have a copy On File. 2. There are many Non-Homestead Owners claiming the exemption, costing SRQ Taxpayers to unfairly pay for services. They cheaters openly brag about beating the system. WE should have to affirmatively claim the exemption, not use a card to remove it. Anyone can say they didn't receive it. 3. If you decide to institute a fee; allow Verified Full Time RESIDENTS to purchase a permit and have an expedited entrance.
02/14/2019 6:00 AM

There is Way Too Much traffic going to & from Siesta Key! It's especially awful during season, but even "out of season" it's really bad. It even extends over 41 & up Clark Rd at times, making it more frustrating & unpleasant for everyone. The lengthy lights combined with this traffic often results in unsafe drivers speeding through yellow/just turned red lights. It also seems to contribute to road rage at times. Parking at Siesta Key is horrendous! It's ridiculous to live so close to the beach, yet be unable to go due to the increased traffic & the extremely poor parking situation! I recommend decals for F/T SRQ County residents to park at the beach. I strongly URGE the commissioners to deny &/or cancel any more building in & around Siesta Key, including the Siesta Promenade!
02/13/2019 10:51 PM

Traffic is something that we just have to deal with. I don't think paid parking will solve that problem. Sure it will generate more $ for the the city but people are still gunna pay to park and the beach will be just as crowded. The solution would be to find more ways to add parking or put limits on how many hours you can park in your spot.
02/13/2019 9:46 PM

I moved here for the beaches and most of the time, ie weekends and holidays I can't even get to the beach. How about a shuttle from the Siesta Mall, by Cinebistro? Residents need to have access, not just tourists. I would be willing to pay for an annual beach pass, just like Naples has. Naples only offered the beach pass for full time residents.. That could be part of the solution. A dedicated parking area for residents with beach passes.
02/13/2019 9:34 PM

Getting onto and off of Siesta Key is a colossal pain in the ass. Even leaving early in the day does not assure parking. Rather than build another dense housing/business development at 41 & Stickney Point, use that land as a parking/trolley site to the beach. Also - IMMEDIATELY implement daily paid parking at the beach parking lots.
02/13/2019 9:02 PM

It is totally unnecessary. I see many constituents that would not be able to afford the price of parking enjoying the beach and it amenities. Please keep Siesta Key Beach parking free!
02/13/2019 7:55 PM

Allowing Benderson to expand the Stickney Point and 41 zoning change is outrageous. What is the point in responding to any feedback when the public is so badly ignored?
02/13/2019 6:36 PM

Traffic has become horrendous during season. We have stopped visiting the Village, restaurants & the beach during season. The new development will only make it worse. Parking at Siesta beach has also become a nightmare year round. By 10:30 all spots are usually filled. It's time the county starts charging a fee. Residents should be offered a season parking pass for a fee.
02/13/2019 6:32 PM

STOP THE SMOKING ON SIESTA KEY. I AM A cancer survivor and I DO NOT LIKE SMELLING THE CIGARETTE AND CIGAR SMOKE WHILE I AM TRYING TO ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL BEACH,
02/13/2019 6:18 PM

terrible in season. We try to avoid the key if possible. Getting worse in the off season as well
02/13/2019 5:15 PM

The traffic coming over Stickney Point Bridge is a nightmare. It backs up on the other side of route 41 and can take 30 minutes to reach midnight mass road. Building more commercial property at the corner of 41 and Stickey Point Rd, as proposed by Benderson, would present a real hardship for those of us who live on the key, and impact the whole nature of life here. Please do not allow more commercial activity!!!
02/13/2019 4:11 PM

My solution: acquire this property: 6450 S TAMIAMI TRL SARASOTA, FL, 34231 belonging to: SIESTA 41 ASSOCIATES LLP C/O BENDERSON DEVELOPMENT 570 DELAWARE AVE, BUFFALO, NY, 14202 ...preferably through eminent domain then, build a massive park & ride facility with $1/hr parking and free trolly/tram service (running every 15 minutes) to the beach parking and back. ONLY residents of Sarasota county may park in the main parking lot w/ parking sticker. It would pay for itself, alleviate the traffic and make the amenity more centered on residents than the tourists who decimate the beach w/ their litter. Call me at 941 258-0785 with any questions.
02/13/2019 3:38 PM

In 15 years, we have noted an exceptional increase in traffic while benign neglect for safety. Midnight Pass is not a highway and in its narrow width it carries cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. We have experienced: 1. Cars sailing through and ignoring flashing ped crossing lights causing bikers and pedestrians to scurry back to safety. 2. Cars veering across a white line that separates cars allowed to go 35 mph and crossing the sidewalk and crashing into fence at our property narrowly missing walkers. 3. We have had things thrown at us from passing cars as we walked 2 feet from them on designated sidewalk. County must be interested in safety!!!!!!!!! Reduce speed limit, add traffic calming features as in other county roads and provide barriers where able to seperate walkers and cars!!
02/13/2019 10:51 AM

Traffic and parking is so problematic it makes people visiting very unhappy to be here and visit Siesta Key. It has affected tourism. I go to beaches outside of Sarasota due to the traffic, and meet other people who are doing the same. Also, the beach does not have enough parking spaces. To pay for parking affects families and young people, and would not solve the problem.More lighted crosswalks on SK would make it safer for visitors and residents. There needs to be off island parking, and shuttle service onto the island. Crossing Rte 41 is horrendous to do on foot or by bicycle. To encourange local bike/pedestrian traffic, a walkway like the one in Venice as part of the Legacy Trail should be constructed over 41. This could be paid for by the Benderson project.
02/13/2019 10:18 AM

There is just not enough parking for such a large Beach
02/13/2019 9:46 AM

Traffic on Stickney Point and 41 is TERRIBLE when trying to access the beach in season and on holiday weekends. The back up is for miles due to the 1 traffic light holding cars on Midnight pass rd. Once you get on Siesta Key you are then turned away due to no parking available! This causes major frustration among drivers that I have personally seen turn into rage behind the wheel. PeoI think a parking garage needs to be built to accommodate the high volumes of traffic and visitors. Take a look at what Naples does for Vanderbilt beach, the garage is not an eyesore because it was designed to be covered in lush greenery. The county needs to address parking or people will start to chose other destinations. Considering the new Siesta Promenade, traffic and large volumes of cars are a problem.
02/13/2019 9:33 AM

Please. Traffic is so bad now, why would you add to the problem. Sometimes we have to sit through 3 light changes to proceed on Route 41 and Clark. Please reconsider.
02/13/2019 9:22 AM 

The traffic affects the stickney point/art.41 intersection. Many times, traffic can not move on a green light or cars block traffic from passing through going south on a Rt 41 The stagnation of traffic caused by the drawbridge can be relived by not allowing vessels to pass at peak hours to keep the bridge down. Ex.10-2 Redesign new parking lot. Eliminating trees, cement separators parking separation blocks. Complete construction off season. Season pass for free admission for residence. Discounted season pass for Sarasota county or fl residence and fees for out of town people to create a fund for future solutions. Ex maybe a parking garage Thank you for the opportunity for residents to voice their solutions.
02/13/2019 9:02 AM

I think that Sarasota County taxpayers should not be required to pay for parking, only visitors . I don;t really see that making people pay for parking will lessen traffic. I think that the number of parking spaces should be expanded.
02/13/2019 8:40 AM

Going over south bridge is very slow, drivers in left lane always pass drivers in right lane and then at last minute cut into right lane causing back ups. Not enough parking. VISITORS ONLY should have to pay for parking. Non renter owners should still park for free.
02/13/2019 8:18 AM

Traffic on Siesta seems to work itself out. The mitigation efforts help (trolley, beach lot management, private paid lots, etc). What is disturbing to many residents and businesses is some of the nutty ideas flying around from some of the commissioners and staff , including charging a toll to get on the key??? Just proves how ill informed or ill equipped some of our decision makers are. I look forward to the public forum where where we can expose the knuckleheads and focus on moving forward with realistic options, including having a hybrid free / paid option the public beach lot, purchasing satellite lots for additional parking and expanding the trolley system.
02/13/2019 8:09 AM

Traffic on Stickney Point bridge, on Midnight Pass Road, and at Clark Road & Tamiami intersection is very heavy and will likely become heavier. I suggest creating inexpensive parking lots/structures on Tamiami and providing frequent shuttle buses to the Siesta Key public beach and other prime SK destinations if there are others. The cost would have to be low enough & the buses frequent and large enough to carry families & their beach gear that the cost, timing, and capacity not dissuade people from parking & shuttling to the Key and the beach. We also need more parking downtown, especially on Saturday mornings when the farmers' market is open. Thank you.
02/13/2019 7:25 AM 

Having worked out on the Key for over 13 years, I truly know the traffic patterns, timing and parking issues. I've been stuck at the Stickney bridge for 15 to 20 minutes at a time during season so some sailboat could putt through the channel. I fear that the added traffic conditions at Stickney and 41 will be unmanageable and will cause such frustration that it will become the traffic joke of Sarasota. Why didn't you people do this survey prior to the approval rather than after? Use some common sense. The only way to avoid unheard of congestion at this intersection once the complex is built would be an overpass situation and you know that ain't gonna happen...
02/13/2019 6:45 AM

Lived at Schooner Bay 8 years. Visit at Duval Lane often. Can attest to horrendous traffic esp in season @ Stickney/41 intersection. This ‘Gateway’ to Siesta Key needs serious upgrading to account for present levels - let alone any increase the proposed development would bring.
02/13/2019 4:22 AM

Thanks for improving the parking and asking for opinions. Part of the problem is access to the island. I believe that the bridges should never open during heavy traffic periods (10 AM-noon). Once the bridge is opened, traffic gets hopelessly backed up. Stop opening the bridge! Also, so many people change lanes in the last 300 feet before the stoplight and cut into the right lane. Can we prevent that? If you offer valet parking, please do NOT use the existing spaces for valet. That pisses me off to no end. Class warfare. It might be nice to offer a paid service of carrying things onto the beach for people. Older people (and we have lots of them!) struggle with that. Everyone hates a parking garage but that's probably what we need. Add some shops and everyone will be happy.
02/12/2019 10:19 PM

First, the trolly only slows things down and makes traffic worse for the entire length of the island! Next, just open Beach Road, already, for goodness sake, and let cars park along one side of all streets in that miramar neighborhood - not just renters with special passes. Finally, build parking OFF ISLAND and allow our county busses to transport visitors.
02/12/2019 9:53 PM

It is an issue that the church I attend on Siesta a Key have offered their parking lot for overflow parking and are asking for a donation to park there. The donation helps fund mission trips by for the youth group,
02/12/2019 9:10 PM

The traffic is crazy from January through April. I have my own business and had a client on Siesta Key for the past 4 years. It would take me some days 30-40minutes to get there. On normal days it takes 10 minutes at the most. Unless we go before 10:00 I don't like to go to the beach during season. Too difficult to get there and to find a parking spot.
02/12/2019 8:07 PM

Traffic during the January thru mid April tourist season has gone from bad to horrible in the last 5 years. We were caught in a gridlocked situation at 41 and Stickney recently and dread the proposed huge commercial and residential Benderson development that was recently approved by Sarasota County in spite of the protests of the local community, it will be a disaster.
02/12/2019 7:24 PM

It’s insane. A simple trip to car wash Walgreens and to the back of America is met with so much traffic and red light cycles it takes 45 mins to move less then 3 or 4 miles.
02/12/2019 7:17 PM

Too many cars... limited parking
02/12/2019 7:11 PM

I am a newcomer to the area having only lived here for 6 months as a full time resident. When I moved here in August the traffic was bad at certain times of the day but now, with the Snowbirds here, it is excruciating. I moved out of CA to get away from the traffic and now I am in it once again here. I am totally against this development. It will take more than 30 minutes just to get through the intersection of Tamiami and Clark Rd. Bad, bad, bad idea to development this area even more than it already is. Develop somewhere else where it doesn't ruin an already bad situation.
02/12/2019 7:09 PM

For a long time traffic has been really bad especially on weekends. I live in Venice and go to the public beach but if I’m not going to get there before 10:30 then I won’t even bother going. The new parking lot is great. It would be nice if you could get on and off the island at anytime and it must be hard for residents who live on the island but that’s the price you pay for living there.
02/12/2019 6:59 PM

traffic is congested, stop & go like 5th avenue in NYC. Exhaust fumes reek. Parking is soooo frustrating. I allow an extra 30 minutes in travel time to park.
02/12/2019 6:45 PM

Traffic on Siesta Key has become a nightmare at times....it can take over 30 minutes to get off the key many times of the day. Gridlocked traffic and people driving around like they are going crazy looking to grab a parking spot. Walk down the street or beach lot and cars pull up and want to know if they can follow you to get your parking spot. The fight is on to get a spot. I have people call me from the tax roll information and want to know if they can park in my driveway. True story. Charge for parking at Siesta Beach....encourage the trolley use. Everywhere else in Florida Charges big time for parking so we are getting those people who do not want to pay coming here. Most of the weekend garbage dumping crowds are from other parts of Florida, not locals and not tourists. Help!!
02/12/2019 6:37 PM

Traffic during season is awful. Parking at the beach should remain free for Sarasota County residents. Please don't take that away from us!
02/12/2019 5:47 PM

As a resident, I feel that we pay property taxes and so should be able to access the beach. I'm ok with charging non residents to park, but Sarasota County residents shouldn't have to pay to park at any beach in Sarasota County. In season, it is difficult to find parking sometimes and I'm ok with that. I think the trolley helps, somewhat. I live in Gulf Gate and work on Siesta Key. The volume of traffic during season sometimes makes it difficult getting home. I've had it take me an hour to get from the Village to the South bridge. I'm in favor of trolleys, water taxis, and any other way we can help reduce traffic. And please don't allow the Benderson project at 41 & Stickney point, that will just make commuting a nightmare!
02/12/2019 5:15 PM

It is a nightmare! Clark and 41 are jammed already. Trying to get onto Siesta Key is already a hazard. If and when an emergency occurs it will be a matter of timing getting out of that jam. The result, could be a tradegy that may have been prevented by better planning and honest traffic pattern surveys submitted. A result of a possibly prevented tragedy would be a lawsuit. Allowing more density to that area will surely result in people avoiding the area and going elsewhere and even moving or visiting other coastal areas. As a retired teacher and a new resident (1.5 years) I am already planning to move from this area because of what is going on with over development in that area alone. I will take my meager income elsewhere.
02/12/2019 5:13 PM

Siesta Key parking and traffic sucks, just like any tourist spot. Leave it alone and don’t make it worse!
02/12/2019 5:06 PM

There is already too much traffic and it takes a long time for each traffic light to change. There is often a back up to the bridge on Stickney point. It would be horrible to have additional residents and businesses in that area.
02/12/2019 5:00 PM

I live less than a mile from the South Bridge and only use the bus or my bicycle to go to SK due to the heavy traffic. When the bridge is up the traffic line often goes almost to 41 or beyond. With any more cars it will be a nightmare! Steve Johnson, Gulf Gate
02/12/2019 4:31 PM

I have lived in Sara my whole life and also work out on siesta key. The parking out there is absolutely inefficient and there needs to be much more.
02/12/2019 4:26 PM

Consider starting a shuttle service from a local shopping mall to Siesta beach. Free or for a nominal fee.
02/12/2019 4:07 PM

Really love all the recent improvements to Beach Road and expanded parking at the beach, thank you! There needs to be safe crossing zones (with pedestrian refuge island) closer to the beach area on Beach Road, especially at Beach Way Drive. I don't feel safe running or biking on Midnight Pass Road south of Stickney Point Road so a wider sidewalk/shared use path would be welcome. I would support metered on-street parking along Beach Road and in the Village. Would be great to have real-time # of parking spaces in the parking lot at the main beach. I would support fee parking at the main beach and municipal parking lot. I don't think I would support a toll, but I would support congestion pricing for getting onto the Key. It is worth looking into a garage on Calle Minorga (SubZero).
02/12/2019 3:49 PM

Hard to find a parking place during peak days. It gets really bad during winter and spring.
02/12/2019 3:48 PM

It sucks, especially during season. People turning from wrong lanes, blocking intersections, backups big time. Inconsistant speeds, no signalling...or wrong signal. Irresponsible driving by snowbirds...makes those of us who have lived here gor over 20 years late for work and appointments.
02/12/2019 3:35 PM

One parking problem that we encounter all the time is at the parking area at the pavilion just south of Turtle Beach. There seem to be businesses south of there that do not have sufficient parking a d they provide valet parking that uses the spaces at the pavilion which frequently leaves little or no parking for residents that want to picnic there especially in the evening.. Businesses should provide their own parking and not take up limited public parking saces
02/12/2019 3:27 PM

Lived here for almost 40 years and never go to Siesta Beach because you can't find parking. Don't relish spending 45 minutes riding around the parking lot.
02/12/2019 3:18 PM 

Parking is about 980 spots, estimate 100-250 cars from bayside condos drive Midnight Pass daily in season to park due to no access from 12 to the beach entrance. Suggest a study to verify. If true, suggest an access between 12 and the Yellow guard tower. Beach from Surf & Racquet to the Yellow station is dead of blankets, umbrellas and chairs. Trolley reduces this. Traffic could be relieved by another one or two access. Siesta Dr from Midnight Pass Rd to mainland, widen rd with a center turn lane, put bike lane on one side. Folks who live here can’t get into traffic and hold up traffic to make left out of Siesta Dr. Forget roundabout at Midnight Pass and Beach Rd. Issues are getting over bridge at Stickney Pt and Feb-Mar rush from 10a-1p to get to the beach and the 3-6p rush to get off.
02/12/2019 3:13 PM

At Siesta Beach, people ought to be encouraged at congested parking lot times to load at the loading zones, rather than at their parking space. Thereby reducing parking lot congestion caused by people blocking the lanes while waiting for a space, and letting somebody get a just emptied space a few minutes sooner than would be the case if they had to wait while somebody loads their car.
02/12/2019 3:02 PM

I live 1 mile from the intersection of Stickney Point and 41. Already I avoid that intersection. I cut through a neighborhood and go out Constitution, through Gulfgate, or up to Beneva or Honore..., dependent on my destination. I haven't been to Siesta Key since April) 2008. I drive further to get to alternate beaches. I've even changed car washes since the one I went to is near that intersection. I can only imagine how much worse it is going to get.
02/12/2019 2:33 PM

SK traffic is very tied up especially at Stickney Pnt.and 41. It is terribly dangerous and blocked during season especially. Emergency vehicles cannot get thru. Residents fears need to be acknowledged not ignored . Sirens are continual now .Siesta promenade structure size should never have been okayed . It's a death trap for all that enter the area.
02/12/2019 2:19 PM

It is the wrong thing to do. We are already congested and this would more than likely turn our streets into gridlock. Stop cozing up to the big builders who are in it for the money and not the people. But I am sure you have already made up your minds to go forward with this project. TOO BAD..not good for the those of us who have to live this everyday.
02/12/2019 1:53 PM

Been a resident since 1985. Siesta was a sleepy little village and was a great place to visit. Too much building, too many people! I still visit the beach but I go early like 8am. Charge for parking. It will help with beach maintenance and hopefully will encourage people to someplace place else.
02/12/2019 1:44 PM

Traffic is snarled at rush hours, that traffic is gridlocked. Drivers are playng dangerous games with trying to make it throught the light after waiting several ignal cycles. Compund this with a newly approved strip mall, hotels, restaruants etc in the recently approved Stickney Point project, spells, a traffic nightmare.
02/12/2019 1:35 PM

We are not able to get to Siesta key during season. The traffic is backed up to Rt 41 all day. It is dangerous, frustrating and makes residents re think their plans to go to the key for any reason. How can they allow a large complex of mixed use to be placed on the corner of Rt 41 and Siesta Key Dr. Insanity and greed.
02/12/2019 1:23 PM

The way decisions are being made despite the public's objections to the Benderson monstrosity planned at rt.41 and Clark, why do you continue to ask for feedback? You seem to ignore all the concerns expressed by the majority of the citizens of Sarasota county and so far are planning to go ahead with constructions that will becoms a nightmare for traffic in that area. I propose a double decker 2 lane bridge to cross to Siesta Key paid for by the developer of the propeerty whov plans to build against the wishes of most citizens. I do not understand how you can continue to do this (ignoring the wishes of the populous)??? Public transportation on and off of Siesta Key needs to be increased and publicized. ALL county citizens must receive parking vouchers if you start paid parking.
02/12/2019 1:15 PM

I live in the neighborhood behind the Stickneypoint/Tamiami Trail intersection (West of the trail) and often use Stickneypoint rd to enter my neighborhood or simply shop at Earth Orgins or other businesses in that area. It is near to impossible to do this at many parts of the day or even many parts of the year due to ultra heavy traffic congestion. I have taken pictures of complete standstills on Tamiami near this intersection. One is often literally taking their life into harms way by trying to transverse thru that area! I can’t believe how putting the Benderson project in isn’t going to cause frequent fatalities to motorists, bikers and pedestrians ! There simply isn’t the space needed for the current flow of traffic in many parts of the year! And anytime of the year once completed!
02/12/2019 12:57 PM

I would resent having to pay to park as a Sarasota County full time resident. The recent changes seem to have diminished the number of parking spaces.
02/12/2019 12:48 PM

It is the worst now. I can never find a parking space to use the restaurants or the beach. Sometimes I can not even get to the besch due to traffic.
02/12/2019 12:39 PM

Lived here since 1986. Both traffic and parking are a complete nightmare not only on Siesta Key, but on all roads in Sarasota. The Stickney Point and U.S. 41 intersection is already dangerous, and Benderson hasn't even developed their monstrosity yet.
02/12/2019 12:21 PM

traffic is a real issue to get to skey esp in winter/ backs up even on 41/we are pro growth but cant see how you will make roads for new deveopment that will work with traffic already there
02/12/2019 12:20 PM

Traffic can be very frustrating getting to the beach. Particularly in season. Parking at siesta beach is good. I like free parking. I wouldn’t be opposed to paid parking as long as there are parking passes for full Time residents as well as marked spots as well. Parking at Siesta village is awful. I tend avoid even in off season because there is never enough parking. I think a pick up point for the trolley off siesta is a wonderful idea.
02/12/2019 12:07 PM

It is always jammed up during season. I almost got hit a couple of times while trying to cross the street. Drivers get so impatient and don't watch what they are doing because they are watching all the cars around them
02/12/2019 11:54 AM

I believe it's one of the worse mistakes that the Board has made since I moved here in the year 2000!!! The area you are talking about is already over capacity and you want to put more traffic in that area!!! That is insane in my opinion! I hope the voters of Sarasota remember each of you that voted to approve such a disaster!
02/12/2019 11:51 AM

It is horrible, what are you thing in or mey you are no thing in in the impact is going to have and the people who lives here and need to go to work. Please rethink the project!!!!!!!!!
02/12/2019 11:50 AM

The traffic on 41 near the Stickney bridge is terrible. The lights that provide access from cross streets are interminably long. I find it remarkable that this solicitation goes out AFTER the hearings and approval for the Benderson project at Stickey and 41. The traffic impact to surrounding neighborhoods will be deleterious to the communities well being. Ashame nobody was willing to listen earlier to the many who voiced concerns.
02/12/2019 11:45 AM

U need a sign before the south draw bridge pick ur lane double yellow lines .I HAVE SEEN THE LINE OF CARS FROM LOCKWOOD RIDGE AND CLARK TRYING TO GET ON THE KEY. YOU NEED A 10 STORIED PARKING GARAGE AT THE MAIN BEACH
02/12/2019 11:25 AM

Traffic entering Siesta Key in the morning is horrible. Backed up a long ways to the south bridge.Traveling thru the island is a nightmare. I don’t even try between Feb 1 an April 10. Not worth the aggravation of bumper to bumper congestion . Leaving the Key in these months around 3-6pm is impossible. It takes 20 minutes to get off from Stickney Point to Rt. 41.
02/12/2019 11:22 AM

Overall compared to big city traffic, then here is easy and overall not a problem, there are just a few hot spots. In season, the junction at stickney point rd and 41 has regular accidents - the traffic here is bad and the new pro posed hotel and shops is a VERY bad idea. Since changing the turn right signal at midnight pass and Stickney point rd, in season the traffic backs-up all the way to the 41 - which is one of the main causes of the accidents here, the lights change and the traffic tries to turn but just blocks the exit as the road is already blocked up. Our only other regular traffic problems is when we are on the I75 by university, we are often stuck in traffic here, in or out of season for 30 mins to 1hr.
02/12/2019 11:17 AM

Parking and traffic has become a year round problem on Siesta Key and 41 but in season when everyone wants to get over to the beach at the same time like at sunset the traffic is backed up at intersections and grid lock on the bridges, the scheduled bridge openings add to the congestion. Sarasota County planning must be well aware of these problems, signs warning stiff traffic fines for traffic caught in the jammed up intersections and more development seem to be your answer. The Promenade will bring more traffic to an already over crowded road and intersection!
02/12/2019 11:12 AM

Siesta Key traffic has been getting very unsafe due to the volume over the last decade or so. I live in Gulf Gate and avoid Siesta Key during season and busy times of the day. I take my business to other areas for about 5 months of the year. I also have not felt safe riding my bicycle to the beach for the last couple years. If you use parking meters I will just frequent North Jetty park more. Perhaps you could give the Sarasota citizens a parking permit for the beaches and Saint Armand's parking lots. I have no idea how you can safely add another project to the corner of Stickney Point and 41. Coming from 21 years in law enforcement and traffic safety this would be a great public park area.
02/12/2019 11:11 AM

Paid parking at Siesta Beach would encourage residents and visitors to ride the bus and trolley which would reduce traffic. Please begin paid parking at Siesta Beach.
02/12/2019 11:10 AM

I already experience delays and difficulty accessing small businesses along Stickney Point Road. I attend classes at Mandela and each time I leave at approximately noon on Monday and Friday traffic is backed up making it hard to get out of the small parking lot. As this traffic gets worse I have to consider quitting my classes which will impact this small, local business. Parking at Siesta Beach is already unmanageable. One must get there by 9 a.m. to get a spot in a lot which isn't always easy to do or optimal especially when one has guests. The lot that has been approved for development by Benderson should have been used to create a parking lot with a small park and a shuttle to the beach should have been provided. People would be happy to pay a small fee to park to avoid driving.
02/12/2019 11:09 AM

Traffic over the South Bridge from the mainland is terrible at any time and doubled or tripled from Dec. through the end of April. I can't imagine how much worse it will be if the Benderson project goes through at US 41 and Stickney Pointe. I am seriously considering moving to another state due to the overcrowding on the surface roads here in Sarasota.
02/12/2019 11:00 AM

Traffic is heavy, new parking lots have helped so much. The real frustration is the ladies restroom at new concession stand - only 4 stalls!!! No changing rooms - therefore women use the stalls for changing. Lines are always out the door and around to concession line. Someone really missed the mark on this planning - ladies' restrooms are always busy!! Perhaps portables under the concession deck would help.
02/12/2019 10:55 AM

Tourists and the real estate interests that support them are privileged over residents. Most people I know avoid Siesta Key altogether in season for inability to get there and, once there, to park.
02/12/2019 10:51 AM

excessive and no parking
02/12/2019 10:45 AM

Congratulations! You have guaranteed long-term gridlock at the Route 41/Stickney Point intersection. Your decision is a sad reflection of both incompetence and disregard of the voters. We will not forget.
02/12/2019 10:44 AM

When you’re going somewhere that takes 15 minutes and it actually took an hour- no accidents, just incredible traffic. Emergency vehicles have no chance to get to where they are needed and that’s on the county of Sarasota for allowing this to happen. Instead of looking at a solution to the existing traffic nightmare-horrible percentage of traffic accidents already, you are adding to the nightmare. This property development is a great idea, just NOT this location.
02/12/2019 10:40 AM

It is ridiculous. Too much traffic, too slow moving. If you are a bike rider, you are putting your life at risk. Additionally, all the street parking is disappearing at Crescent due to the fact that restaurants have been allowed to open without enough of their own parking. I will not visit Dacquiri Deck at all because they are poor "neighbors" in terms of hogging all the public parking spots due to their valet system. We need trolley options for people that live here, as well as for those of us who don't live on the key.
02/12/2019 10:38 AM

All you have to do is try to make the trip to/from Siesta Key and the mainland to understand how utterly insane your approval of the Benderson project is. Maybe the tourists will tolerate the excessive traffic, but after living here for 20 years, I have seen the congestion grow every year. Now, it is so bad that I have given up trying . Please don't spoil one of Sarasota's greatest attractions by allowing Benderson to build.
02/12/2019 10:20 AM

I believe the speed limit should be reduced to 30 because there is so much traffic and many of the visitors fail to use the pedestrian crossings. This is an tragedy waiting to happen. I also believe that the approval of the Siesta Promenade should be reconsidered as it will only add to the traffic, litter, and deterioration of Siesta Key. Parking will not affect me, but will probably have a negative affect on businesses on the key. Something I do not favor as they and we have already suffered enough because of the Red Tide. Actually, that should take priority over parking.
02/12/2019 10:16 AM

Benderson project should include a large parking garage, hardened for a category 5 hurricane that can be turned into a shelter in the event of a major storm. During season visitors to siesta key should be encouraged to use the parking garage rather than drive onto the key. Free Bus/van transportation could be set up to run regularly from the garage to the key. Parking on the key should be changed to paid parking at a higher cost than parking in the garage. Win/win on many fronts.
02/12/2019 10:09 AM

The extreme traffic conditions has greatly affected our joy of living here. We would love to go to the beach in the winter months. But traffic is the reason we do not even try to get on the key. Sarasota tourism have encouraged this tremendous over population in our city. I can’t believe the county approved the development on Stickney and 41. It will encourage local people to weave in and out of Gulf gate and residential communities to avoid that traffic congestion. I can’t believe that Sarasota approved the development of the Gulf Gate golf course for more density development to Carlos Beruff. More traffic will build. It seems that money is the main reason for our over growth. The roads do not handle this traffic and it’s only going to get worse.
02/12/2019 10:07 AM

Traffic is horrible between February and June and also on weekends in July, October and November and as such parking is a problem. Any large new construction projects will increase the length of the traffic woes by adding too many cars to an area that cannot support it now. Because of traffic and parking problems I do not go to my beach during those times of the year. I feel the county has let down its residents and caters to the tourists.
02/12/2019 10:00 AM

Traffic and beach parking from January to April is a big problem. The approved Stickney/41 development will worsen the problem inexorably. . The only fair solution to beach parking would be to issue a yearly parking sticker to FULL TIME County residents. This sticker should be free or charged at a nominal fee to County residents.
02/12/2019 9:55 AM

Keep parking free
02/12/2019 9:26 AM

During peak tourist season traffic is heavy, parking full. More roads and more parking will destroy the beauty of Siesta Key. More trolly’ service with off the island parking is the best solution especially during peak seasion.
02/12/2019 9:17 AM

In the best of times (out of season) traffic and parking on Siesta Key is not good; in the worst of times (in season) the traffic and parking on the Key is horrendous. Please do not congest the area with more by constructing the northwest corner of Stickney Point & 41.
02/12/2019 8:47 AM

I think it's ok. Its obvious that its crowded at peak times but what can really be done about that? Other than a parking garage, we are somewhat in a rock and a hard place. I think widening the road leaving the beach going over the south bridge especially would get people off the key faster so more parking would be freed up.
02/12/2019 8:33 AM

Paid parking along with off site information on parking availability is the answer to reducing traffic congestion. That combined with other ways to reduce individual auto arrivals such as shuttle busses and off site parking would help as well.
02/12/2019 8:29 AM

I suggest that the County engage in much more structured input collection. People can give you much better input if you give them options to consider and then some room for their own original ideas. Input collection is a skill and this unstructured process plus a hearing where people stand up and give their opinions without any data are NOT effective means for the CC to make a good decision. Moreover, the time to do this was way before you approved the Siesta Promenade. We already have a traffic problem; you put the cart before the horse!
02/12/2019 8:20 AM

Going over South Bridge can take a long time: if bridge is up or if left lane drivers keep pushing into right lane at light on Midnight Pass Road. We should have a parking garage and trolley on mainland to take people to beach. Benderson development is going to make a huge negative impact on traffic on Stickney Point Road.
02/12/2019 7:46 AM

Traffic is terrible and is made much worse from stop light on South end of key and please do not allow more building of condos and shops at stickney point and 41, it can't handle the traffic this will cause. Do not charge for parking ...the design of the new parking is wasteful. We could have so many more spots without the huge drop off area and walkways. Lots of wasted space not being utilized for parking
02/12/2019 7:29 AM

Traffic on the bridges and Midnight Pass Road is horrible in season during the day. I live just north of the south bridge on Stickney Point Road from December to June and from Feb to late April I feel like a prisoner inside my condo complex. It takes great effort to even get out of the driveway and if I have an errand or appointment across the bridge in Sarasota it can take up to an hour to get back from Hwy 41 to Midnight Pass Road. I love my home and the island but am looking to sell and move to the mainland. The situation is just unworkable for Siesta Key residents and will only become worse with the Benderson development. I dream that the city would turn that corner into a parking lot for tourists and only allow busses and trolleys on the island unless you are a resident.
02/12/2019 7:19 AM

Beach parking should be free for residents, similar to Collier county. Traffic is as expected.
02/12/2019 7:06 AM

SARASOTA WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITH YOUR PLAN. BUY BACK MAKE PARK & PARKING FOR KEY!!! DANGEROUS FOR HURRICANE EVACUATION,VERY VERY BAD SARASOTA COUNTY SHAME ON YOU
02/12/2019 7:03 AM 

Traffic and parking are terrible to have such a beautiful beach that requires hours of driving around to try to park or an hour to try to get out of the lot is unacceptable! I do not see how charging to park is going to help our beach though, I think it will do the opposite. The ones that show up and play volleyball everyday or at least 3-4 days a week help to take care of the nets and the surrounding areas. If charging starts I believe there will be much less locals that really do care about the area going out to the beach. The parking lot is really pretty and I guess that was the intent however the lot could have been much larger with 100’s of more spots if we didn’t need 20’ wide sidewalks. I am disappointed in the engineering and design with lack of thought towards traffic and people !
02/12/2019 6:55 AM

The traffic is just awful. It seems to keep getting worse and worse.
02/12/2019 3:57 AM

Traffic moves at a crawl both getting over the bridge and once on Siesta Key. Parking is horrendous. You can wait hours at the beach for a spot and not enough parking on the rest of the Key in general.
02/12/2019 12:04 AM

Traffic is a nightmare at the intersection of 41 and Stickney Point Dr, one of the most dangerous intersections in the county. It will only get worse with the Commissioners' recent approval of a zoning change to allow the Siesta Promenade development. This is another example of preferential treatment of developers at the expense of the thousands of citizens who live in the area and will suffer the consequences. The Commission should be ashamed of making a bad situation worse, just to appease their developer financial supporters.
02/11/2019 10:26 PM

I think residents should have priority parking at the beach at no charge. Hotels should take the responsibility of shuttling their guests.
02/11/2019 9:47 PM

Rt. 41 to the Key, both bridges.. is tolerable off season and NOT tolerable during season. I live in Gulf Gate, my mom lives on the key. We basically say...Goodbye...when season hits. Luckily, I am relatively young (56) and can ride my bike. SO, during season, I ride my bike to the beach. Things are not as bad this year simply because Red Tide has taken a toll on tourism. I did actually drive from my house in Gulf Gate to Access 12 this week. What was I thinking? It took 35 minutes to go those 3? miles. The thought of the Siesta Promenade is mind blowing. I sat threw that whole meeting and heard everyone talk about how horrible it is...and yet...when voting time came, they all changed their story. We are in desperate need of parking off the key with shuttle/MONORAIL services!
02/11/2019 9:31 PM 

It is truly awful. Sarasota has so much to offer to the surrounding areas but the clogged roads and lack of parking discourage people from supporting your economy. Wasting time in bumper to bumper traffic does not make it easy to utilize local businesses
02/11/2019 9:06 PM

I avoid it due to the traffic and lack of parking. It's a terrible thing since I live just 4+ miles from it.
02/11/2019 8:57 PM

On Sunday Feb 10,2019 after spending 30 minutes to get to the public beach area. Only to arrive and circle the lot for a good 15-20 minutes to just leave. It’s very frustrating you have something so beautiful and locals can not even enjoy our area. We haven’t been able to enjoy the beaches due to Red Tide. Now you can’t even find parking!!! We fund and offer corporate Welfare without question . But can’t resolve a traffic and parking issue.
02/11/2019 8:28 PM

I believe residents should get a packing pass for the Key including the beach at a nominal fee (25 a year) and visitors should pay a daily rate to park at the beach or in the village.
02/11/2019 7:57 PM

It is hard to believe that new development has been approved for the intersection of 42 and Stickney Pt. I find it hard to believe that county planners have done valid traffic studies. Last winter/Spring traffic heading east to Siesta was backed up all the way to Lockwood Ridge. Traffic on Siesta follows that example. In my opinion, it would be hood to reduce tourism marketing, not expand it. The island is small and has inherently limited capacity. The same is happening all over Sarasota- St. Armand’s, LBK, also are stressed with excessive traffic. It is time for sensible containment.
02/11/2019 7:57 PM

Living on Siesta, I believe the traffic jams are caused by beach goers driving around and around looking for a parking space. On weekends, this nightmare starts around 10 am. Paid parking may help but more availability is the solution. Make Benderson a deal. Perhaps rent the property and trolley the people to the beach.
02/11/2019 7:42 PM 

To me, this is a no brainer - we should have paid parking at Siesta Key Beach. This would help everyone - with the proceeds, we could improve not only the parking situation, but also invest in other things that are important to the island. This could include improved designated bike lanes, a beach walkway/promenade for handicapped people, underground utilities instead of the above ground wires and poles which are inefficient and prone to problems during storms and hurricanes. Everyone knows that traffic and parking on Siesta Key is horrible. Paying to park would stimulate interest in car-pooling, alternate transportation options and also provide money for beach upkeep, cleaning and management. It would be good for everyone.
02/11/2019 7:13 PM

Finding parking at Siesta Key seems to have gotten much worse since 2014. Also, there rarely any parking for public access areas outside the main parking lot. Additionally, it's exactly 13.4 miles from my driveway to Siesta Key beach parking lot. The minimum travel time is 35 mins. That's 22.97 average mph. Clearly, the County isn't concerned with ensuring easy and convenient access for their year-round residents. Our family visits far less often as a result.
02/11/2019 6:58 PM

Traffic getting on to the key about 8:00-8:45 am is steady but moving. Finding parking at the beach is not difficult at that time, but when we leave at 10:30-11:00 am traffic is heavy leaving the key and gridlock trying to get on the key. I would never try to attend any event or visit any restaurants or shops on the key because there is no parking. I do carpool for beach walks. I think if there were a shuttle from either Westfield or Gulf Gate malls it would be helpful. The current shuttle is basically moving visitors back and forth on the key. I am against full time residents having to pay to park but support fees for visitors. I have been a full time resident since 1978.
02/11/2019 6:49 PM

The traffic during season is always difficult. Parking is also challenging but I do not agree with charging for parking on the beach. It will deter many people. We should not have fees to visit our beaches. I came from CT where they charged for parking. It was a constant complaint from residents and tourists
02/11/2019 6:43 PM

Bike lanes need maintenance. Because parking is difficult bikes are very useful. Most bike lanes have ruts, broken pavement from roots - many toss you and the bike onto the traffic lane.
02/11/2019 5:57 PM

Are you KIDDING - You just let Benderson build a huge multi multi housing unit mess at Stickney and 41 - and now you want to know how we feel about the *** traffic. IT SUCKS AND IT'S GOING TO SUCK WORSE. AND ITS YOUR FAULT.
02/11/2019 5:53 PM

I have lived here all of my life. My family has been on the key for 45 years. We need less development and less stores, condominiums, not more! It is time sarasota states thinking about it's full time residents, and families that have jobs and school to get to.
02/11/2019 5:42 PM

No problem if you go over to the Key very early like 7:30/8 a.m. Traffic is very congested the rest of the time. I don't even bother trying to go in the month of March or April!!! As far as parking?? Not even nearly enough parking in the village for off season so forget in season. Yes you could park at the beach and walk but then your taking a beach parking space. There should have been a park and ride shuttle service established years ago located on the mainland at the north bridge and at the south bridge. This would alleviate the traffic and parking problem.....it is really just common sense. I have been coming here for 20+ yrs and surprised how the county is so behind on these issues!
02/11/2019 5:35 PM

First, I think there needs to be a continuously circulating set of trolly buses from South Gate Mall and Gulf Gate Pavilion to the Siesta Key Beach. Either the "free for tips" kind or a $1 trolly (with a yearly subscription available cheap for residents to buy up front for $25 or something affordable) Or both. There should be a parking garage people can opt to park in on Siesta Key or on the parking lot of Gulf Gate Pavilion or other easily-available site, with continuous rides if at GGP. If at Siesta Beach, charge for the parking garage but not the lot, so people have a choice. Try $3 and if the garage fills up, you'll know you can probably charge $5 per day or more.
02/11/2019 5:32 PM

we live close to the beach. On most pretty days all throughout the year our road is full of cars lined up searching for parking. We have had well over 100 people knock on our door or come into our yard (yelling at us in the back yard) to please let them park. Many tell us that they dropped off their family over an hour or so and just want to be with them. The other issue is that many neighbors will take advantage of this and charge for parking filling up their yards. This creates streams of people all throughout the day. We generally pick up litter, realign our mailbox, overhear profanities and the like which aren't pleasant. I think charging for parking at SK beach is merited. I do not feel a transport on the island will help. Definitely not a fan of a toll or pass. Partner w/businesses?
02/11/2019 5:11 PM

I am against any sort of pay for parking. Get up and out there early enough and you get a space. Beaches should free for all to use. Not just the highest paying tourist. I find the traffic is bad going over the Stickney point bridge but mostly it has to do with the fact that the bridge is up. That in my opinion is crazy since like a hundred cars will be waiting for one stupid boat to pass.
02/11/2019 5:02 PM

I hate it. The parking lot should be that a parking lot. There are way too .any palm trees and dividers I the lot. There could be at least 200 more spaces if you made it just a parking lot and removed all the curbs and dividers and palm trees.
02/11/2019 4:50 PM

Too many cars and not enough parking. Especially during season, I avoid Siesta Key fir that reason.
02/11/2019 4:21 PM

Unfortunately, parking and traffic seem to be getting worse, even during the off season. We have been parking in one of the supermarket parking lots like Lucky's and busing in. Even that isn't always great due to the traffic stand still on the way in and out. Still beats driving tho. Perhaps shuttles from pre-determined locations are the way to go?
02/11/2019 4:20 PM

Stop the damn trolly! It ties us up year-round, adding hours to my commute each year.
02/11/2019 4:17 PM

Over crowded and not enough spaces for parking. Would suggest not building the monstrosity known as Siesta Promenade. If you think it’s bad now sit back and observe. Sad to know the commissioners don’t listen to documented evidence and observations.
02/11/2019 4:06 PM

LEAVING THE KEY AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YR. IS UNBEARABLE . WAITING FOR A PARKING SPACE IS THE SAME DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF THE YR .CHARGING FOR PARKING FOR VISITERS IS ACCEPTABLE SINCE THE BUS RUNS ON THE KEY FOR MOST OF THE VISITER WHO STAY THERE , NOT FOR RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTY .TO BUILD ANYWHERE NEAR THE BRIDGES TO THE KEY IS PURE GREED AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED .
02/11/2019 4:00 PM

I live off of Beneva Rd one block below Clark Rd so traveling on Clark Road and Stickney Point is everyday occurrence for my me The thought of a traffic Circle at Stickney and 41 is a serious concern.Traffic getting on to Siesta at this time of year (Jan, Feb,March) is backed up for a few miles with cars and the drive time can be 30-40 minutes once you get to 41 and Stickney. As far as parking at the beach as a full time resident I am not opposed to paying for parking there. I do believe full time residents should pay a set fee for the year and receive a parking sticker for their car&if they have 2 cars then they buy one for each. We are not so entitled that we can't pay a small sum to enjoy our beach. $35 per car per year? Tourists paying hourly rates. You pay other beaches to park
02/11/2019 3:54 PM

I am a resident of Clark road and have been here for over 20 years. Traffic lines up to swift rd trying to get to the bridge! We will never be able to get in and out with this project. Please consider the residents who live here. Awful idea!
02/11/2019 3:53 PM

It's a horror. I've never been to a beach in Florida where there is so little public access to the beaches, nor so little that can be seen from the beach access road. Whoever let all of the land be bought and built up by private & commercial businesses have destroyed this area. Obviously, no ones learned anything in light of the passing of the promenade project, things will only get much worse. My guess is that all of our commissioners have their own private beaches and don''t have to deal with the traffic??? The only solution I see is buying up some of the beach properties and restoring them to their natural state, with parking. A parking garage is not a good solution. If you need to start charging for parking, then residents, should be able to purchase a reduced price sticker/pass.
02/11/2019 3:35 PM

During the peak tourist season and weekends in the summer, the traffic getting on and off the key can be bumper to bumper. Parking is too limited in the village and by the main beach.
02/11/2019 3:06 PM

In season it is awful. Those of us that live out there feel trapped. Takes an hour or more to get on or off the island. The "build more" attitude of the county commissioners will only make it worse.
02/11/2019 3:05 PM

Place the increase on short term vacationers via key motels and rentals. Devise a free parking pass for Sarasota property owners as I feel we contribute to the tax base already. Please come up with a solution rather than make us property owners pay for parking.
02/11/2019 1:53 PM

We reside at Siesta Sands on Point of Rocks Road. Several of our neighbor residents would like your consideration of making a "horseshoe" shaped one way traffic pattern: leaving Midnight Pass to Point Of Rocks , one way going west , curving and going to Crescent Rd. having that one way to the east, and onto Midnight Pass. Point of Rocks is a very busy street with people walking to the Public Beach access #13, plus bikers and mothers with strollers and people walking dogs. It is very dangerous. A change to one way would not only help the flow of traffic, but make it SAFER. This change would not be costly, only some new signs. Thank you for your consideration. Mr. and Mrs. Phil McCarter
02/11/2019 1:39 PM 

If there is a way to relocate the tennis courts @ beach and use it for parking, this would be great. Maybe a second-floor tennis court w parking underneath? Also, the picnic tables rarely get used along Siesta Drive. Convert them to parking too? I think the condos across from Siesta Beach would object to a parking garage, but this would work well. And for heaven's sake, have the police write some jaywalking tickets! The Village people step in-front of anyone and stop the flow of traffic.
02/11/2019 1:00 PM

Reserve spots for residents within certain miles of beach via vehicle stickers. Alternate days if necessary to give priority to full time residents. Tennis courts on beach are silly and waste of park and parking spaces. Provide shuttles from mainland (encourage tourists to enjoy beaches but not contribute to traffic). Forbid the stupid development on the corner of Stickney Point and US 41. That could have been parking and/or park that enhances quality of life, instead it will be a nightmare for traiffic and the environment as more cars idle and consume energy. Power plant of gasoline, the carbon goes into the air when inefficiencies like this are allowed.
02/11/2019 11:17 AM

Look to examples across the country of Low Density & Preservation. The Key is small and both sides of the Island... Bay & Mainland should be considered.
02/11/2019 10:56 AM

I never go anywhere near Siesta Key during high season! Traffic is a nightmare and parking is nonexistent. During off season, it is still very busy but I will go over sometimes to eat dinner. My family has stayed on Siesta over Christmas for the last 5 years. The traffic was so awful this year that they have decided not to stay there anymore. Very sad! And, now there will be the new development at Stickney Point and Tamiami that will just make it more ridiculous. We probably will not go near Siesta after that is built. Something has to be done, and quickly.
02/11/2019 10:45 AM

We’ve owned a condo on the south end of Siesta Key since 1987. The traffic has gotten progressively worse each year until it’s almost Spring-break like throughout the on season. Even traffics on the south end is unbelievable. Siesta Keynis no longer a well kept secret getaway place and all I can say is it’s just not what it used to be. It would be so nice if something could be done.
02/11/2019 10:18 AM

Traffic is horrible and parking is difficult. However the issue is we need to limit visitors. We are too popular for our own good.
02/11/2019 10:13 AM 

The traffic on, to and off Siesta Key is at the limit. During high season over the limit, we can't take anymore!!! The backups are getting longer and longer. Intersection US41/Stickneypoint is sometimes griddlocked. And now you want to build Siesta Promenade, no offence meant, but what are you thinking!! Emergency vehicules will be hold up and evacuation of the island will not be possible anymore. I wonderer when the first lawsuits concerning these problems will be filed. I know money talks ......
02/11/2019 10:08 AM

Roads, parking, and bridge access to Siesta Key is sufficient for what a small island can handle. The problem is that there is insufficient parking and bus/shuttle service from a location where people would use them. You could have addressed this problem when all of these issues came up concerning Benderson Development's development project at the corner of The Trail and Stickney Point Road. You could have incorporated a parking garage and free shuttle service in return for giving their requested variance. You ignored every other proposal. However, the Board's short-sighted Republicans just blindly voted for the project - completely ignoring every traffic study but Benderson's self-serving one. And now you are asking for feedback? YOU WILL SEE MY FEEDBACK AT THE NEXT ELECTION.
02/11/2019 9:50 AM

Traffic and lack of parking are at intolerable levels during the important season. We should charge for parking everywhere on the Key. Install pay machines that take credit cards and explore phone app systems. Also, we should make drivers aware that we each have responsibility to keep traffic moving - do not allow 3-to-5 car lengths between cars in gridlocked traffic. Get going as soon as traffic signals allow.
02/11/2019 9:44 AM

The traffic & parking problems have done nothing but escalate over the past 40+ years I've lived here, living on and off the Key. How much is enough? Until there is a total gridlock every day of the year? Something needs to be done to abate the traffic. Shuttles from easy access (with parking) to the village and beaches might help. No more development that will increase traffic flow around the two bridges to Siesta would certainly make sense (including the Benderson property on Siesta Key). The fact that that development was approved by the commissioners is ludicrous. The commission is supposed to be working for all the people, not just a few who have big money.
02/11/2019 9:36 AM 

Parking and traffic are major problems. The key is small with narrow roads and is I. The process of being over built. It can not accommodate the additional tourists that are pouring onto the key. As an island there is a strict boundary and we can’t increase the size - no room To sprawl. We must limit the cars that come on the key while balancing commercial and residential needs - which are obviously diametrically opposed. SK is not the only place to face this issue. Other neighborhoods have banned parking totally on residential streets. We should seriously co sided this option before the project near the south bridge happens. Already on holiday weekends cars are parked haphazardly on residential streets and people trek their beach gear up to a mile in wagons.
02/11/2019 9:02 AM

8 months out of the year it is not an issue... then come the snowbirds. A multi level parking garage in the south end of the Siesta Bech parking lot with a continuously running shuttle to The Village would have been a wise move!
02/11/2019 8:54 AM

When it’s not season it takes me 15 or 20 minuets to get to work. (Lobster pot) During season is takes me an HOUR OR MORE! Stand still traffic all the way down the key. Same thing about leaving work. Tack on another 20 min to find parking because all the selfish old snow birds take up the clearly marked off employee parking! It’s a good 2 hours sitting in a car just to come and go from my job that I live 20 min away from. It’s literally ridiculous we need a change. Especially if tourism continues to grow.
02/11/2019 8:09 AM

have gone there several times and driven around and can not find parking so have given up and gone home.
02/11/2019 8:06 AM

I go through the intersection of Higel and Ocean Blvd. We need a round about to keep the traffic moving at that intersection.
02/11/2019 7:15 AM

It is terrible. I was born and raised here, now raising my children who are 6 and 3 and we have not been able to go to enjoy the beach yet in their lifetime. We have attempted but 45 minutes of looking for a parking spot to finally find one miles away from a beach acess does not work for a mother and her two children. I belive that their should be a parking garage that is available to full time sarasota residents only. We should be able to either purchase an affordable a parking spot to have available year long accessible by a card swipe or some other sort of feature that is close enough to an acess as well.
02/11/2019 6:31 AM

Construction of a parking garage - which has problems such as location and cost - would accommodate more vehicles. Paid parking may not deter people - such as those on vacation here for the beach - as our beaches are worth the price of parking. But it could raise money for garage construction. Year around residents should receive free parking stickers as we pay our taxes and support our beach, concession stands, and Siesta Key Village and other key merchants and businesses all year when the season ends and snowbirds and tourists go home.
02/11/2019 6:22 AM

My wife and I have been full time residents of Siesta Key for 30 years. We raised two sons here. We live in a small private home about 1/4 mile from the Stickney Point Bridge. The traffic in season has been getting worse every year. It is so bad now, that, for all intents, we are both home bound and are unable to get out for shopping, etc. without much difficulty. It is incomprehensible that projects such as the Promenade and other Stickney Point hotel projects are not only approved, but also given special dispensation to violate existing code, by our County Commissioners without any thought for existing residents. In my opinion the only real solution to the traffic problem would be to widen Midnight Pass Road to two lanes in each direction, along with a fifth central turning lane.
02/11/2019 6:09 AM

Make it a sunpass toll road and use the money to build a parking garage.
02/11/2019 3:35 AM

Have beach parking at Westfield mall with inexpensive shuttle bus to beach. Car traffic awful and @season” magnified experience. Too much getting built on waterfront and proposed Stickney development at US41 will further impact negatively
02/10/2019 10:08 PM

I am saddened to read that possibly having to pay to park at Siesta Key beach is being brought up by the County Commission. If this passes, you will only be hurting those that live here. A big reason to have residence here is for it's number one beach. My friends and I play volleyball on those courts multiple times a week, go for morning and evening walks, and to breath in it's salty air. We all moved here to enjoy its FREE beauty and now you want to take it away from us locals. The visitors, vacationers, (snowbirds), would pay to park at the beach. That is the whole reason they are here. By doing this you are telling the community that you cater to those who don't support this town year round, don't pay taxes here, don't live here full time, don't enjoy the view on a daily basis.
02/10/2019 9:54 PM 

If we had to leave the Key for any reason in March 2018, we had to leave by at least 8 am so that we would be returning before noon. Returning any later than that, we would be sitting (stuck) in traffic for at least an addition hour and usually more. We did use the trolley for the first time and were very happy with the experience. Parking on the mainland and a trolley to the key would be a great help with the parking and traffic problem that will only get worse each year without some intervention. A parking charge would also generate revenue for other Siesta Key projects.
02/10/2019 9:05 PM

Definitely a hassle sometimes. Would not be opposed to a low price paid parking to encourage turnover, but know this would be unpopular.
02/10/2019 8:45 PM

The Trolley is great. If they have a choice, could they stop at the push button cross walks...passengers jay-walk, otherwise. And, could the trolley pull partly off the road lane, so that traffic behind could pass while they are stopped and loading passengers. Safety and practicality . thanks for asking. thanks for listening.
02/10/2019 8:16 PM

STOP building on every sq inch of real estate...it’s to crowded now...so crowded I’m moving to Santa Rosa beach, I can’t take this here any longer...such a waste.
02/10/2019 7:52 PM

There is a group of about 200 locals in Sarasota / Bradenton that play volleyball weekly at siesta key. We maintain the courts and nets at NO COST TO THE COUNTY. This keeps them in top shape for us & the thousands of visitors and keeps them coming back when they experience such a nice area and fun time. Talking about Paid parking has angered the entire group which if we are forced to pay several times a week would be cost prohibitive. This is because we have lots of equipment to take out to the beach and need close parking. If we aren’t there, the nets and courts are going to be tattered and ripped with kids hanging on them and just plain unsightly right as you walk out. Not a good PR move for us or visitors. Please consider at least free parking for Sarasota / manatee county residents.
02/10/2019 6:38 PM

Please don’t charge for parking.
02/10/2019 6:00 PM

Free parking for residents
02/10/2019 5:38 PM 

All Beach parking free for county residents. Traffic is horrible and caused by the approval of every building project, say NO so we have a decent quality of life! The light cycle at Mid Pass and Stickney Point is ridiculous and coupled with crosswalks every few hundred feet, backs up traffic to 41! STOP spending taxpayer money to attract more tourists, we are overrun and overdeveloped! When will it end? When we are Miami? Open Midnight Pass so boats can get out after miles of no wake zones for manatees that you never see! This county is being ruined bit by bit and we are seriously considering leaving.....it once was such a paradise!
02/10/2019 5:16 PM

The village needs a parking garage because there is not enough parking! The beach parking is a problem because the beatification took priority over the parking increase potential. The last straw is The Benderson project on 41 and Stickney Point Road. 1 positive is the SK trolley.
02/10/2019 4:38 PM

Traffic is a nightmare during high season. Parking is adequate for the beach space that is available- would love to see real time camera feed of traffic online so that we could plan trips better
02/10/2019 3:29 PM

I'm pretty sure you all know what the problem is !! It is each and every member of the Sarasota County's Town and County Councils...every person who has voted yes to every contractor to build condos on every square foot of space in and around Sarasota...so to begin with the solution...YOU can STOP VOTING YES !!
02/10/2019 3:20 PM

Looking for parking in parking lot was scary, people were getting in fights in the parking lot, I witnessed two separate accidents due to people driving too fast and desperately trying to get spots. My father in law is handicapped and there were no accessible spots available, let alone any other spots. We ended up paying for parking down the road after dropping him off to spare him the walk. You need an attendant turning people away when the lot is full or some system letting people know if there are any spots available.
02/10/2019 3:12 PM

Ruins day! Not worth visit to beach! You see the worst of human behavior..but the set up causes the terrible experience.
02/10/2019 12:23 PM 

Structurally, the siesta key beach parking lot is well set, however, it must be expanded somehow. The traffic leading from stickney point into the siesta key area is something that is highly congested during tourist seasons. I personally have had issues with people arguing with me over parking spots, and this issue has reflected on the amount of visitors that enter an area in which the parking can become very limited. I have found that the small public beach access lots in the siesta key area are the last resort for people who cannot gain access to the major public parking lot. This is an issue that must be fixed with the expansion of parking lot access throughout the key. It will save both time, traffic, and frustration among visitors. Overall, I love Siesta, but the parking must expand.
02/10/2019 12:07 PM

The Beach roads need to be repaved and leveled and pot holes filled in NOT PATCHED. The parking lots need to be wider and there needs to be a two hour limit on parking in designated areas.
02/10/2019 11:36 AM

I go to Siesta Key every Sunday for breakfast, a long walk on the beach and a swim when the Gulf warms up. I go early and don’t usually have a problem parking at Access 7. I love having breakfast there and often frequent the shops. I would stop doing that if parking were not free for me. I would like to see free parking continue for county residents. I don’t believe we should be punished because so many wealthy people choose to vacation on SK. Please keep free parking for county residents - we pay plenty in taxes already and should receive some benefit. Downtown has already been wrecked by traffic and congestion for the likes of me, so please don’t take SK away too!
02/10/2019 11:28 AM

Free parking at the accesses should continue. Public beach parking at the pavilion seems reasonable.
02/10/2019 11:26 AM

Awful! Too much development & if red tide continues it won't matter. Many people moving out. Area has lost it's luster for me. BAD politicians actions or lack there of...too little too late. Thank you Rick Scott for heading Sarasota into being a polluted ghost town & killing our animals!!!!!!!!!
02/10/2019 10:37 AM

I think parking should be free.
02/10/2019 10:18 AM

We do NOT support paid parking at Siesta Key public beach
02/10/2019 10:01 AM 

There is not enough parking in the village, the public beach, beach access points or in the area around Captain Curt's. Are there any ordinances requiring a certain number of employee or customers parking spaces for business development and if so are they being enforced? Traffic at a lot of times comes to a stand still. This is becoming a negative for friends and family wanting to visit.
02/10/2019 9:44 AM

No to closing midnight pass.. No to pay for parking...
02/10/2019 9:12 AM

I think the speed limit needs to be lowered or enforced on Siesta Drive on Bay Island. We have a good number of walkers, runners and bicyclists- a crosswalk at Seagrape or one of the other streets would help. I think we are looking at a future fatality if this isn’t done.
02/10/2019 8:55 AM

I strongly believe that traffic is a NIGHTMARE in the Siesta Key (SK) area. Of course, to get to SK, one must drive (I try to bike), and the roads connecting to SK are nearly as bad. The intersection at US 41 and Stickney Point Road is the major intersection to get to SK. The recent approval of the development there should NOT have been approved. It will only add to the problem! Parking at SK is free and should remain that way.
02/10/2019 8:32 AM

I don’t even attempt going to Siesta Key anymore. Parking is a nightmare and now you’re adding even more traffic at the gateway to the key? Residents are moving off the islands due to traffic already. Very poor lack of planning and not dealing with our infrastructure is an outrage for a 35 year resident of this town. I’m livid the county has approved the monstrosity at Stickney Point. Sarasota is becoming Bendersota 😡 Just STOP approving these huge projects until you deal with the infrastructure.
02/10/2019 8:27 AM

Parking is good. LOUD traffic (cars with loud mufflers and motorcycles) destroy a tranquil setting.
02/10/2019 8:15 AM

Lots of parking in the morning. After 12pm it is hard to find a spot. May have to start charging to park also have county resident parking passes.
02/09/2019 11:53 PM

Needs to be fixed spent millions on that lot and looks and functions poorly trash everywhere and during speing break needs to opwn more parking
02/09/2019 11:32 PM

We come to Sarasota in the winter, and we have been staying on Siesta Key the last few years. We think it is really great that there is free parking at the public beach area for visitors. We would hate to see a toll for the bridges to the Key. However it would be great to have more parking remote from the beach with a free shuttle to transport back and forth . It would be bad to keep the public (locals and visitors) from having free access to this great natural resource. It would seem unfair to have it only available to well-to-do folks who owned or rented on the key
02/09/2019 10:20 PM

In season the traffic is too crowded and parking doesn't exist.
02/09/2019 10:02 PM

Focus on the amenities. Traffic and parking is very hard to regulate. On the key I would suggest one direction travel on odd numbered and even numbered days. 4 lanes of traffic would easily kill congestion on holidays. People will always complain no matter what you decide to do
02/09/2019 9:42 PM

There must be paid parking. We have given up going there
02/09/2019 9:14 PM

I'm a part time resident from November through April and generally have little to no trouble finding a parking space at the beach. I typically go to the beach 2 or three times a week. Please DO NOT start charging to park!
02/09/2019 8:32 PM

Ok to charge for parking at public beach but use the $$ in install more restrooms at the public beach
02/09/2019 8:29 PM

In the last 5+ years, traffic to-from-and on Siesta Key has become a terrific headache with no end in sight. The regular bus service has made a big impact but only to help non-drivers. Urgent and thoughtful attention is needed to help the future of this beautiful place - and the addition of the enormous complex proposed for 41 and Stickney Point will be a horrible nightmare and must be rejected by demanding a very small development!
02/09/2019 7:48 PM

Traffic & parking can be difficult but the free trolley is wonderful.
02/09/2019 7:00 PM

It's OK. The trolley helps.
02/09/2019 6:04 PM

Traffic and parking is fine when the snow birds are not here.
02/09/2019 5:38 PM

Consider implementing paid parking and parking garages like St. Armands. Now parking is difficult to impossible all year round near restaurants and shops and the beach. Paid parking would cut down on those who park and stay all day and on employees/business owners who take visitor parking for convenience. User fees for the privilege of using public parking brings in revenue to maintain these sites. People pay for parking everywhere in the nation, why the fear here in Sarasota County? The County and cities should also charge for beach access and the beach amenities with discounts for residents as they do everywhere else. Then invest in clean growth businesses that bring sustainable salaries for middle class families, not the minimum wage jobs of tourism.
02/09/2019 3:57 PM

This is my 12th year renting at the corner of Beach Rd & Avenida Messina. Boy the changes. Please do not open Beach Rd. Avenida Messina is a racetrack now-speeding cars & motorcycles. Why there hasn’t been an accident is anyone’s guess. To open Beach Rd would an ideal raceway. Along with the increase of traffic is the increase of unruly teenagers. They have no respect for people or private property. They are rude, they consider our property their property. Use the showers, pools, change in our yards behind trees and even use our yards as public toilets. We have friends who will no longer stay in the area & have had two neighbors sell their property. Not good for Siesta Key.
02/09/2019 3:52 PM

What a fantastic place to live however -regardless of parking spaces - there is no room for all the traffic -trolleys may seem to u guys that it help but they also tie up traffic big time along Beach rd and midnight pass as we wait behind them! -paid parking is a must for many reasons (revenue, crowds) - in the village and everywhere public - i am sure you know that most places with tourists charge - try to go to NY, Chicago, etc - no way there is free parking - EXPENSIVE -use revenue from parking to pay cops to direct traffic on the south bridge - without that, just wait for Siesta Promenade Traffic to make it worse thanks for all you do - we love SK and we know why people come - but it is so bad and going to get worse except if red tide blows rears its ugly head too often
02/09/2019 3:47 PM

Off site parking and be bus in..like the Grand Canyon
02/09/2019 3:43 PM

I work at a restaurant in Siesta Key village. The parking situation in the village is out of control! The number one question I get from customers is “where am I supposed to park??”. Considering how much revenue comes from this very small neighborhood, I think a parking garage in the village would pay for itself very quickly!
02/09/2019 2:04 PM 

I have been coming here for the last 5 years and watched as you built the parking and support buildings at the public beach. What a great job you have done. I live near the beach in Delaware. Parking is not free and is always in short supply. Thank you for being so thoughtful in Your planning and execution. I am often here alone; I feel safe and appreciate how you have made sure the amenities are in place to welcome your visitors. Susan Trone
02/09/2019 11:43 AM

We live in Phillippi Landings. Even though we eat dinner out almost every night, we never go to Siesta Key in the evening because it is too difficult to park. We do go to Turtle Beach quite often in the late afternoons and have no trouble finding a place to park. We wouldn't go to the main public parking lot on Siesta Key because there is too much traffic to get to Stickney Point Rd coming home. As a resident of Sarasota County, I would not like to have to pay parking fees to park at Turtle Beach, even if it would reduce some of the demand a bit.
02/09/2019 11:12 AM

I am against Sarasota county residents having to pay to park or enter any of the county beaches.Thank you Stephen and Virginia Scott.
02/09/2019 10:28 AM

Traffic is terrible and parking is non existent. We should go to paid parking at the beach to help offset cost and upkeep as soon as possible
02/09/2019 10:13 AM

I think if you decide to charge for parking , it should be just on weekends and busy times around Christmas and season.
02/09/2019 9:02 AM

SK beach is world famous, so obviously parking is a premium. We get there early tp avoid the issue of not finding a spot. I would support some fee for parking, up to about $10 per day, perhaps $5 if you own Sarasota County residence (part time residents too, we pay taxes). But one fee for all is ok too. When something is free, people don't value it and don't use it wisely. Having a fee would promote carpooling, use of public transportation & walking / bike riding. The fees collected could be used for beach improvements, or more pay for the fire, police & maintenance crews who keep the beach safe & clean.
02/09/2019 8:34 AM

We stopped going to Siesta Key beach and the Village because of the lack of parking.
02/09/2019 8:03 AM 

The short answer is -- absolutely ridiculous. Siesta Key is a beautiful beach and we love it there, but we almost never go because of the traffic and parking issues. We have family near Siesta Key that we meet at the beach occasionally, but we absolutely dread it. Parking is a nightmare at best. Once we drove around for 45 minutes and couldn't find a parking spot, so we went to Turtle Beach by ourselves instead of being at Siesta with our family. Another time we couldn't find parking and tried parking downtown Siesta Key and that was another near impossibility. Except during the off-season, every experience is dreadful and stressful and not worth the aggravation. We usually end up at Nokomis beach instead. It's a shame we can't enjoy such a beautiful location.
02/09/2019 7:44 AM

If we don't arrive at Siesta Key before 10am on weekends, we can't find parking. Parking keeps us away from Siesta Key in season. I'm always frustrated with drivers who accelerate in the left lane of Stickney Point only to squeeze their cars in the right lane at the last minute before the light on Siesta key. The "one ways" in the beach parking lot aren't followed by people who rush into open spaces from the opposite direction. We NEVER go to the village during season - unless we find a parking space at the beach lot and walk in. I would love to take visitors to the village, but parking is impossible in season.
02/09/2019 7:32 AM

Need more parking I guess
02/09/2019 6:36 AM

The new parking lot helps but I still won’t go to siesta key during the season. It’s just way too congested and takes too long to get anywhere due to heavy traffic.
02/09/2019 5:56 AM

Traffic and parking is best in the months of June-September. It’s hard to even justify wanting to go to the beach during season. There’s always the stress of even finding a parking spot and then fighting the crowd to find an inch of sand. I wish we had a water taxi or something of the like. The new parking lot is nice but I’m amazed we didn’t build a parking garage.
02/09/2019 5:45 AM

Traffic during season is terrible. Many times we turn around and go back home because of the congestion. Parking is also terrible during season. I was glad to see the expanded parking at the beach but in town you cannot find a space.
02/09/2019 5:33 AM

The traffic has increased however the improvements in the parking at the Publix beach has made a huge difference. There are only peak times where it’s difficult to find parking.
02/09/2019 12:10 AM

Won’t go during season because parking lot is full. Why did the BOCC approve Siesta Promenade if they are so concerned about parking and Siesta Key?? Seriously, the BOCC is ruining this county.
02/08/2019 11:58 PM

It is ridiculous! Finally get on the island and there are no parking spots and its February!
02/08/2019 10:26 PM

Too much traffic, too many people. I really don't think you care about resident's thoughts.
02/08/2019 10:23 PM

As a full time resident of Siesta Key, I fully support the paid parking concept for Siesta Key Beach. Traffic and parking at Siesta Key Beach is congested and needs to be better managed. Funds from parking could help to maintain, clean and improve the entire Siesta Key Beach environment. I also think that everyone should pay to park (even Siesta Key residents like myself). It is only fair. I think that some of the income from parking should also go towards promoting alternative forms of transportation - biking, walking, scooters, shuttles (like The Breeze), etc. This would help not only the parking situation, but also help to decrease traffic and congestion in general. We should also consider a parking area East of the bridges with frequent shuttles to the beach.
02/08/2019 9:55 PM

Will veterans with DV license plates have to pay to park if paid parking is the route we take? Be nice if there was more handicap spots.
02/08/2019 9:35 PM

It’s horrible getting on the Key. Stickney and 41 is a disaster waiting to happen and you want to let the builders build more! You can’t find anywhere to park on the Key. How about buying the property on Stickney and putting in a parking lot. The Trolley can pick up there. I will say the Trolley has been great but need to come off the Key at least once an hour.
02/08/2019 9:23 PM

Horrifically congested. Parking has been increased only to find packed full lots. I live 12 miles away and takes an hour to get situated to reach the sand on a good day. Something needs to be done. Population in Sarasota alone is increasing rapidly let alone the out of towners, snow birds, spring breakers..HELP!
02/08/2019 9:07 PM

Parking fees will discourage tourism. Not a good idea along with red tide
02/08/2019 8:55 PM

Just not enough, have to drive circles around lots for almost an hour to get a chance st a spot.
02/08/2019 8:51 PM

I pay taxes to support the beach, I should not have to pay additional to park. But I can’t find a parking space when I do go. The new pavilion is wonderful - if you can get there...
02/08/2019 8:22 PM

I don’t think adding more parking on Siesta Key is the answer as there are too many cars now for our streets to handle. It’s too hard to get off and on the island during season. I would prefer off island additional parking with a shuttle. Perhaps we can extend the current Breeze trolley to pick up visitors at a close by off island parking area.
02/08/2019 7:59 PM

I live on the key full ime. Traffic is already horrid during season (particularity Feb-mid April), so adding more parking will also increase already insufferable traffic. It is only going to get worse with the newly approved Benderson project. Any practical improvement has to be to shuttle people from off-key parking lots to the key. As a bicycle rider, I can also tell our that biking on any of the main roads on the key is extremely dangerous, given the current lack of dedicated bike lanes. Extending the breeze and making it more frequent seems to be worth a try.
02/08/2019 7:57 PM

Please keep beach parking free. It is a wonderful feature and great for tourism as well as Sarasota-area residents. It would be great to add more public transportation as well.
02/08/2019 7:53 PM

I think there should be 2 forms of paid passes. One yearly paid pass for full time residents. And a seasonal pass for snowbirds and visitors. The seasonal pass could be for 3 or 6 months. I hate that as a full time resident I can't even get a parking spot during season. These passes can help pay for all the extra services required in peak times.
02/08/2019 7:03 PM

Line in Manatee. Used to love going to Sarasota and Siesta Key. Now traffic keeps us away. Your city is over developing without the infrastructure to handle it. Getting around Siesta Key and Sarasota is like driving rush hour in a major city. Very sad. We are moving away. Cannot deal with the density.
02/08/2019 6:59 PM

Traffic is bad. You should charge for parking. County residents should be able to get a sticker at a very reasonable price when they register their car. We should get a priemium from tourist.
02/08/2019 6:51 PM 

I am a retired entrepreneur. I am happy to share our wonderful beach community with others. It is frustrating to drive to the village and not find a parking spot for breakfast or brunch. It sends us to the mainland...bad for Siesta village businesses whose business models are cyclical & count heavily on in season to make the whole year work. The valet is great at night. We use the Trolley often, but not only. Much more parking around Sun Cafe would be great.how about a parking garage camouflaged with palm trees. Can you get rid of the gestapo in front of the drug store...it sends the wrong message. Thanks for asking.. that ‘s a great start.
02/08/2019 5:52 PM

During holidays, spring break and in season times, traffic on and off the Siesta Key is a nightmare. I identified these conditions that snarl traffic. (1) On the hour and half hour raising of the Clark Rd /72 bridge during holiday weekends, (2)Two or fewer passengers in cars turning north on Midnight Pass Rd. going to beach. POTENTIAL SOLUTION: Invest in high passenger, enclosed ski lift gondola system spanning the bay. Parking on RT 41 and walking access from gondola exit to Siesta Key Beach. Ski lifts in northern states successfully move hundreds of passengers every hour over similar distances safely
02/08/2019 4:49 PM

Please charge for Siesta Beach parking - to continue not doing so is a major missed opportunity for Sarasota! Of course they will still come. Free parking for those with Sarasota County Resident stickers though!
02/08/2019 4:44 PM

Parking is a nightmare on weekend at the public beach. A taller structure for parking should have been built or perhaps more spaces and less landscaping and concrete.
02/08/2019 4:37 PM

Too crowded now. Should be paid parking at the public beach. County residents should not have to pay.
02/08/2019 4:27 PM

Previous resident now in Bradenton but continue to go to Sarasota beaches over Bradenton. No paid parking. Many of us stop for a short visit and as far as an app like St Armands get rid of it. Can't drive and play on phone. Visitors pay enough to be here for our tourist industry and so do residents. Funny how Siesta Key people want a free pass when they can afford more than most of us.
02/08/2019 4:23 PM

My family never gets to enjoy the beach during the best time of year (March-May) because there is no parking. I wish there was a place for just residents to park. I would gladly pay for it per year. Traffic can be a hassle during events or spring break season, but it really is not that bad.
02/08/2019 4:08 PM

I'm in favor of paid parking for a reasonable hourly fee, with revenue going toward road or other improvements in the area. Please use a common mobile app for easy payment.
02/08/2019 3:39 PM

Why in the name of all that's holy are you doing this AFTER you approved Siesta Pavilion, which will make the serious traffic congestion problems on Siesta Key so much worse?! Traffic to and on Siesta is so bad already during the season that we don't go anywhere there except by bike. It's not a whole lot better off-season & will be worse when Benderson's done. Parking is also inadequate. What we needed here is a multi-level parking garage with a tram to Siesta Beach. But no, you didn't care how bad Benderson's plan is for Siesta Key and the surrounding neighborhoods, didn't listen to those of us who live here, & paid no attention to the ominous predictions of what Siesta Pavilion will do to traffic. Where was that concern when you had the means to do something constructive about it?
02/08/2019 3:21 PM

Traffic is horrible during season but tolerable normally. Charging for either parking or to cross the bridges may help alleviate some of it but I think full time local residents should either get a pass or a discount. On Stickney Pt. Road there is an empty lot across from Castel del mar condominium that could be ideal for a multi level parking structure. It could charge a daily fee for parking and offer shuttle services to the public beach.
02/08/2019 2:53 PM

Set up a water taxi service between Phillippi Estate Park and the County Park landing at the foot of Old Stickney Point Road on Siesta Key. Set up another water taxi landing on Palmer Point Park at the site of the old Mote Marine dock. The dock seawall is located directly across from the circular island of the Pointe Condos at the south-end of Midnight Pass Road. Water taxi's are used extensively in Florida and the shallow-draft, landing barge type is perfect. Check out the water taxi's set up in West Palm Beach going to Peanut Island.
02/08/2019 2:12 PM

It sucks. Stop promoting tourism to siesta key. You are ruining the environment.
02/08/2019 1:59 PM

Much improved but still a struggle around sunset, especially around the Spring and Fall timeframes.
02/08/2019 1:39 PM

Traffic is heavy and parking is tight after 11AM in season. Would not favor pay for parking. But if that is not possible, would favor free or discounted parking for Sarasota County residents.
02/08/2019 1:29 PM

All Sarasota county beaches including Siesta should be free parking to all Sarasota County taxpayers
02/08/2019 1:03 PM

I would not have a problem paying to park. Lee and Charlotte county charges to park. Why give our beautiful beach away for free.
02/08/2019 12:59 PM

I do not want to have to pay to park at my local beach. My suggestion is to only have parking fees during high tourist times.
02/08/2019 12:54 PM

Traffic is only really bad Feb -April Strongly support paid parking at peak periods only, not needed at other times. Use funds to keep beaches clean. Need signs at Island access points to indicate availability of public parking. Need stronger enforcement of speed limits, bike users and crosswalk use
02/08/2019 12:35 PM

Beach towns usually have designated parking for those who live there and pay taxes. Sarasota is an exception. I moved here for the beaches and I'll end up leaving if I can't enjoy them. Everything here is tourist friendly, not
02/08/2019 12:03 PM

We had to go to Lido beach many times bc of parking problems. It is frustrating especially bc we live here year round.
02/08/2019 11:37 AM

We've been coming to Siesta Key for over 35 years, and until 2004 when we bought a home on the Key, would drive around the parking lot at Siesta Beach for up to an hour looking for a space if we weren't there by 9:30a. As a visitor then, and as a Sarasota resident now, I absolutely support paid parking to access Siesta Beach. For those who say it will deter visitors from coming to Sarasota, that is just not true. We summer Wells, Maine and enjoy one of Maine's nicest beaches. It used to cost $5-7 a day to park during the 'season'-Memorial-Labor Day. It's now $20/day and this parking fee has in no way slowed down traffic-the beach is as crowded as ever. Attempted 'street parking' is well managed. Well's residents can also purchase a seasonal pass for a small fee. Paid parking is SMART!
02/08/2019 11:05 AM

Both can be ridiculously horrible and disheartening to the locals who live and love it here. A reasonable and FREE to locals parking solution absolutely needs to be created. A cosmetically appeasing parking garage may be the solution with a system in place for FREE parking for individuals who reside in Sarasota County.
02/08/2019 10:06 AM 

You should charge for parking on Siesta Key beaches. This will help pay for offsite parking off the key and the specialized transportation needed to bring families and all their beach toys, chairs, coolers and umbrellas with them to Siesta Key. St Pete and Clearwater charges for parking and so should we. The Parkmobile system is in place for their downtown area and the beaches. This is the same system that Sarasota will use downtown later this year per Mark Lyons. You should pay to park at the beach but offsite parking and transportation option should be free or minimally priced which should be paid from beach parking revenues. Both the Sarasota Square and Westfield Siesta Key Mall are good options for offsite parking need. Study the best family friendly vehicle for transportation
02/08/2019 10:06 AM

Love siesta key, sure it's busy during "season" and traffic is a little crazy. Simple solution, STOP BUILDING....problem solved...
02/08/2019 9:55 AM

to many cars on the island during the season. It would be great if there was a water taxi option to get to and from Siesta Key to the main land and the other keys. Also advertising the free trolley more would be great as I have used this option to get around Siesta Key many times and found it a great alternative to driving or taking a taxi/Uber.
02/08/2019 9:44 AM

The village & beach need more parking. Traffic would be easier in the village if people were able to find parking - less driving around looking. Beach parking needs to be spread out along the beach, though - more parking at the main area just means more bodies on the beach in one spot. Traffic getting on & off the island is terrible during high season, but might be alleviated with more parking options. If people can get there, & get parked, they are spending less time on the roadways. I don’t mind non-residents paying for parking :-)
02/08/2019 8:46 AM

Thank you for asking input: STOP OVER BUILDING THE ISLAND - more condos will only = more congestion. Clayton (Clayton's Restaurant) was a voice to have the county violate its own zoning to allow Gary's hotel - oh good instead of waiting 15 min on a table the wait will be well over an hour; Clayton's, like the island only has so much room, the island has more than exceeded max capacity. The county is violating its own zoning by allowing Benderson's project off the south bridge. I do appreciate that new developments can increase property values, but building-up and allowing over-dense developments will devalue the area and properties in the long term; the south bridge will become unusable - dense development will have a negative impact on properties and tourism, you are creating a bubble.
02/08/2019 8:37 AM

If paid parking is implemented it needs to be for EVERYONE. The people on the Key should not be exempt. They are the ones who can afford it. As a young full-time family in Sarasota I should not be subject to something that most wealthy seasonal residents do not have to pay.
02/08/2019 7:27 AM

Widen the main road to 4 lanes. It will ease traffic getting onto or off the key and make it much more attractive to live there.
02/08/2019 6:08 AM

This is a PUBLIC BEACH and belongs to the PUBLIC. To impose a fee on accessing a public facility is greedy. Who's getting paid for this? Who's pocket is getting lined on this little scheme? Parking could be resolved if city planners actually did some PLANNING and improved parking on ALL of the key. What a waste of taxpayers money! I am a full time resident. You are going to charge me to access MY BEACH? You all should find new jobs if you can't figure out how to do this one.
02/08/2019 5:57 AM

The light at the end of th south bridge causes back up to 41 making it difficult to get into my neighborhood just before th bridge. Parking on th e key has become very aggressive. I personally have been verbally threatened by someone in the parking lot. As a 15 yr local it is very sad that we choose not to use our beaches at prime times of the year due to the parking situation. It would be nice to have a locals only parking area. After all isn’t it our tax money paying for this beautiful beaches?
02/08/2019 5:46 AM

No way Siesta Promenade with all of the variances. It is so difficult to travel from 41 on to Stickney Point and on to the Siesta Key village. Traffic is horrendous now. Emergency vehicles have a difficult time now.
02/08/2019 2:05 AM

When tourists session starts you don’t have place for parking. Driving 30 minutes around and then need to resign And back home. We live 15 minutes from beach and sometimes no opportunity to go there.
02/08/2019 12:18 AM

The traffic during the high season (winter and spring) is horrendous all the time. The amount of time it takes to get from Hwy 41 over to parking near the beach can be insanely long. Then to wait all that time to get over there and see there is hardly any parking available is even worse. There needs to be a better solution to it all, whether that entails parking garages or more parking locations and somehow direct traffic more efficiently especially during peak times.
02/07/2019 11:24 PM

I know that paid parking is up for debate and as annoying as it is to find a spot some days, I feel like making residents of Sarasota County pay is pulling a bit of a bait and switch--many people moved here because of the free (and amazing) public beaches. I moved to SRQ in 1979, I grew up going to Siesta Key Beach and I still love to go--sometimes for hours, sometimes for a quick walk or run. My experience at other beaches where I had to pay is that it takes away any spontaneity or short visits. For instance, when my husband and I were in Narragansett, RI we wanted to take a romantic walk, but had to pay to park and the bloom fell off the rose. I also think paying to park would remove a lot of the diversity, what little we have in SRQ, that we see at the public beaches.
02/07/2019 10:39 PM

If you allow a high rise to go up on Stickney Pt and 41 you may as well just hang it up for this town. That would completely change to the existing small town feel here which is so prized by its residents.
02/07/2019 10:08 PM

We always go early around 9:30 when it is in season otherwise you would be circling the parking lot to find a spot. Love having the new area for parking. We enjoy the fact that there is no charge for parking and think that once you start at Siesta Key all other beaches will want to charge also.
02/07/2019 9:34 PM

We live on the SK and avoid going to the village because of the parking. Would like to support local businesses and restaurants but don’t have the patience to drive around looking for parking!
02/07/2019 9:24 PM

Homeowners should not have to pay for parking.
02/07/2019 8:54 PM

Residents of Sarasota should not have to pay for parking or should pay a reduced rate. In MA resudents have a car sticker they buy annually for their cars and do not have to pay the daily parking fee.
02/07/2019 8:54 PM

It’s ridiculous and a full-time person who lives here I can’t even go to the beach. If I am not there by 930 am There is absolutely no parking left and even just to get over the bridge it takes an hour something needs to be done or Taurus need to pay to park in full-time residence should have first choice parking
02/07/2019 8:23 PM

I've had good luck at beach access 12 and turtle, but noticed lately the traffic is hugely inceasing. Parking wasn't as much of an issue as the traffic getting over the bridge. With no traffic, I can get to the beach in 6 minutes. Lately it's been taking 20....thank you for asking and hearing!
02/07/2019 8:15 PM

It’s terrible! If we don’t leave really early we don’t go to the beach. The free transportation around the island is great though
02/07/2019 7:38 PM

Parking is awful during season. I’m all for an annual parking pass IF it guarantees a spot. We had to leave and go to Turtle because there was no parking.
02/07/2019 7:19 PM

We visit Siesta Key Beach almost every weekend, Saturday and Sunday after working all week. We live just 16 miles from the beach which is the reason we moved to this area from Orlando. We are right at the county line in Manatee county. If there will be a fee to park we will not be able to afford to visit the beach on a regular basis, which would be devastating to us. Why should Florida residents be charged as tourists We love Seista Beach! Please allow Manatee residents to purchase parking passes if paid parking is indeed implemented.
02/07/2019 7:17 PM

I think Sarasota residents should get parking stickers allowing them free beach parking and nonresident should have to pay for parking. I have seen this work well in other places.
02/07/2019 7:05 PM

Traffic is usually not a huge issue but parking is a nightmare. Especially at the beaches. It’s so discouraging to plan a beach day get everything ready load up the kids and then not be able to find any parking. Not sure how you can fix this situation but something needs to be done. Parking garage or valet service? I would definitely pay a few bucks and tip well to have my car valeted at the beach.
02/07/2019 6:35 PM

The parking lot at Siesta Key beach needs to be revamped. All those wasted islands with those ugly scrub palm trees need to be removed. You could add close to 300 spots. Nobody cares what a parking lot looks like. They just want to park and get to the beach. More parking spots means less traffic on the streets.
02/07/2019 5:50 PM

One of the reasons we purchased our condo in Venice was because of the "no charge" parking like many other gulf beaches. Our taxes have almost doubled since we purchased in 2013 - the only other solution if you decide to charge for parking is that people who own property here should be provided with a parking pass and tourists need to purchase parking - my taxes are high enough!!!
02/07/2019 5:18 PM 

The parking is disastrous. I used to love going to the beach but now it’s a hassle. To go anywhere in siesta key is a nightmare and my family stays away. If we could build a parking garage near the beach I think it would be best.
02/07/2019 5:08 PM

I am for anything that could alleviate the traffic getting on and off the island.
02/07/2019 4:58 PM

Awful traffic and parking
02/07/2019 4:50 PM

Love it. Love not having to pay for parking. Only occasionally do we have a hard time finding a spot. No problem for us. If we have to pay in the future, we wont go to beach. Do not add parkingmeters, or any kind of paid parking. We will no longer go to St ARmands Circle either if we must pay to park there either. Free parking is a huge reason we moved here and not elsewhere.
02/07/2019 4:33 PM

I believe that county residents should be able to use the beach and park without fees. Traffic and parking are problems, but the beach is a natural resource that everyone should be able to enjoy. It is unfortunate that the Stickney Point & 41 corner was not set aside as part of a solution for parking and shuttle service.
02/07/2019 4:07 PM

Weekends during the season, the Stickney Pint bridge traffic is unbearable. Parking, although full many days, is adequate. Free parking is wonderful and keeps our beach appealing.
02/07/2019 4:04 PM

Build a parking garage at Stickney & Tamiami not more homes & retail. Offer free parking & frequent trolley rides to the beach. Free water, chairs & umbrellas at the beaches so all people need to carry is their towels & lunch. All paid for by a tourist tax & real estate transfer taxes on each buy/sell of property. Build another garage at Van Wezel park with free water taxi's to the beaches- Siesta, Longboat & Anna Maria Island. Get people out of their cars & on public transportation with free incentives & easy to get to & from. Allow local food truck vendors at each location so local folks can profit as well. This would be fun, vibrant & very unique!
02/07/2019 3:48 PM 

Traffic getting on and off Siesta Key between 10 am and 3 pm is generally bumper to bumper during January through March mainly due to all the people going to the public beach. The trolleys have helped tremendously to cut down on traffic and parking in the downtown village area. Maybe charging for parking at the public beach for those who don't live on Siesta Key would help deter folks to another beach? I can't even bare to think about what will happen with traffic when/if they build the big complex on the corner of Stickney and 41 !!!
02/07/2019 3:24 PM

Finding parking is ridiculous. I really feel there should be certain areas that are for full time residents only. And paid parking with the meters in the parking lot at the main beach. It sucks living 5 minutes from the beach , west of the trail and packing up the whole family only to drive in circles for an hour just to find a parking spot. Let us have a parking area where we can pay an annual fee for living here and have a gate pass to get in and park there so we arent competing with tourists to find parking.
02/07/2019 3:15 PM

Traffic is bad in season. Need more public parking in the Village. If I go to the main beach I make sure to get there before 10:30am or I wait and go later for the sunset, never in between these times. If you do paid parking at the main beach lot I would love as a permanent resident to be able to purchase a year long pass at a discount or something like that. My husband thinks there should be a free (direct-no stops) shuttle from Sarasota Square Mall if paid parking is implemented.
02/07/2019 3:04 PM

I believe there should be a charge to park at Siesta Key Beach for non-tax payers or non residents. I believe there should be a “no charge” or a “very reduced” charge for residents that pay taxes to Sarasota. There are lots of people from Venice, Nokomis, Bradenton and all over that use this beach and a charge to park would help keep this beach beautiful.
02/07/2019 2:48 PM

Traffic congestion on the Key is a big problem and with continued development it is sure to get worse. Everything should be done to alleviate this otherwise people will go elsewhere (enough of an issue with redtide) . The proposal to charge for parking at the beach and then with the revenue run a free trolley from the mainland is well worth considering. The trolley pickup could be at both the north and south entrance (where ever there is parking space).
02/07/2019 2:31 PM

Too much traffic. Parking in the village is also a problem. Parking should be paid at all beaches, with Siesta Key property owners having annual passes for free or for a low rate. The drawbridge also causes huge traffic backups, and its rasing should not occur as often. Why is there a need for a trolley from the mainland to the beach? Don't buses already provide that service?
02/07/2019 2:16 PM

Traffic on and off the Key is way too heavy during beach season. I am much in favor of charging for beach parking and free off-key parking with shuttle buses to and from the beach during the busy times as a sensible way to reduce congestion while keeping the beach accessible to all.
02/07/2019 2:15 PM

15 year full time University Park resident. Major reason to move here was beaches particularly Siesta. Haven't even been on the Key in years due to traffic and parking. Prior homes in other states parking adjacent to beach was residents only. All others used remote lots and free shuttled to beach. Everyone paid a daily use fee however residents could purchase a discounted season pass. Creating more, on Key parking is not the solution because you can never have enough and it doesn't address traffic issue. Need to restrict access and shuttle people to beach. It's sad residents can't even use their own beaches this is not a new problem only one that gets worse with time. Thanks for asking for input.
02/07/2019 1:52 PM

Very trying during good weather from Dec. 1 to the day after Easter. We rarely use Beach Horrible, on good weather days between Thanksgiving and the day after Easter. Intersection of Beach road and Beach Way is especially dangerous to cars and pedestrians.
02/07/2019 1:52 PM

Please fix the signal at the intersection of Beach and Midnight Pass. It is stuck in default mode. It remains red for left turn onto midnight Pass- even though there is no traffic. This backs up traffic trying to get to the beach because northbound have a red signal for no reason at all.
02/07/2019 12:58 PM

Way to overcrowded!! These are mostly non county visitors that bring hoards of family/friend with multiple cars and stay ALL day. I advocate for paid parking for non tax paying visitors and free parking passes issued for Sarasota County residents.
02/07/2019 12:51 PM

I lived on Siesta , Longboat, Key West, Marathon and Key Biscayne so I have experienced the traffic challenges of barrier island living. I am now a mainlander so traffic and parking is always a concern when I go to Siesta Key even so I've always found a decent parking spot using local knowledge and a tactic I learned while living in Miami called praying to parking gods(don't laugh until you've tried it) KW has a bus system they call the "conch looper": Siesta should have something similar with a catchy name that goes from mall parking lots on N/ S spots on/off Siesta constant back & forth with stops. Bus should be sustainable design with storage for beach gear, especially bikes! Possibly a double decker with open air up top. Sarasota could collaborate with tesla on bus design. Thnx
02/07/2019 12:43 PM 

Parking is always difficult. Sometimes it takes 45 mins to find a spot on weekends or holidays we end up leaving. A suggestion would be a parking garage or a shuttle from the mainland. Other ideas include visitors from outside of Sarasota county pay a fee to park but full time residents get a parking permit or pass because we already pay taxes to live here.
02/07/2019 12:38 PM

When you redid the parking lot why did you put all those palms in? They took up valuable parking space and give no shade? A parking garage would be the answer. The new St. Armands garage is about to open. I am all for the last free entertainment which is the beach. But I'm sure folks wouldn't mind paying a little for all the expanded parking a garage would provide.
02/07/2019 12:07 PM

It’s unbearable in season. We don’t go to the public beach because of the traffic. We live on the south end of the Key and would be in favor of paid parking, even if only in season.
02/07/2019 11:53 AM

For improvements, keep the low-key family feel of Siesta Key; be environmentally friendly as well as bicycle and pedestrian friendly; be accessible to all public beaches. There are a lot of small beach access points that only have a handful of parking spaces making it next to impossible for residents to enjoy them. Trollies, small bicycle cabs, etc are could help. Also, please make the walking and bike paths safer . . .more protected from the road as they are too dangerous with so many distracted drivers these days.
02/07/2019 11:52 AM

I have no objections to plans to charge daily fees for parking at all Siesta Key parking venues IF--big IF--there is a resident-only provision--car sticker, credit-card-like device, placard, whatever--that can be bought at a serious discount (what, $60/year?) on an annual basis by bona fide residents and used at all SK parking sites. Resident check at time of purchase via FL driver's license.
02/07/2019 11:38 AM

Well. They are both just plain awful! We need to invest in mass transportation. We can set toll booths just like capiva island does and force the majority of people to take mass transportation. The cost of the tollls collected would off set the cost of the buses and people power needed.
02/07/2019 11:37 AM

I agree with paid parking. As a resident trying to leave my house on midnight pass and go anywhere takes forever.. something should be done with crosswalks they are always pushing the button one after another..maybe time it so a crowd has to walk at the same time like a stop light.
02/07/2019 11:30 AM

Traffic is out of control. The trolley needs to be expanded and continued. County definitely needs to charge for beach parking and use money to maintain beach. No exceptions...if you park there you pay. Alternatives need to be found to shuttle beachgoers from off key locations
02/07/2019 11:30 AM

As a resident, I don't have issues parking. I have issues with pedestrians not having to wait until they get a walk signal. One group after another crossing and tying up traffic. Doesn't matter how many or few cars there are; if there's a person in front of it, it goes slower than if another car is. And GET RID OF THE SIESTA KEY BREEZE - that ties up more traffic than any 95 year old granny in a Buick.
02/07/2019 11:29 AM

My condo is on the south end of Siesta Key. During the season and spring break weeks, I do not even try to drive to Siesta Beach or the village during the day because of the traffic and limited parking. The Trolly is a great option. I understand there’s a movement to charge for parking at the beach to limit traffic and find a trolley to the mainland I’m in favor of charging for parking with one concern: with the trolley, more people are parking at Turtle Beach and riding the trolley to Siesta Beach and the village, which increases traffic on the south and overloads the trolley. Charging for parking may excaberate the situation. Also, where would people park on the mainland to catch the trolley?
02/07/2019 11:29 AM

Usually choose not to go to this beach during season as parking is so difficult. Will try sometimes off season if we can get there around 9 or after 4. We love this beach, and like to show it off to visitors, but the parking has just gotten worse in the 7 years we have lived here. Thought when you added spaces, you'd build a parking garage - going vertical to add even more. I don't think Sarasota Co residents have to pay to park. Charge visitors daily or sell them stickers for a season.
02/07/2019 11:01 AM

I've lived here since 1990. I really do miss our quiet sleepy town. Darn those marketing and chamber of commerce types that think we needed to tell the entire world about us. I also blame Mr Beach. :-( I agree that we should pay for parking at all the public beach accesses. Residents should be able to get a lower yearly rate.
02/07/2019 11:00 AM

Grant Sarasota taxpayers (within 4 miles of Siesta Key Beach) access for parking. Whether it be fee based or otherwise. It’s unfortunate visitors occupy all day parking leaving no parking access for locals. Also residents living on Midnight Pass should be required to use free public SK transit reducing the number of cars using parking lots.
02/07/2019 10:50 AM 

Traffic is very prohibitive during season, and getting worse during off-season as well. It takes 45 mins. To get back on Siesta Key from mainland with traffic backed up on Stickney Pt RD across Tamiami Trail.
02/07/2019 10:32 AM

I think there should be a minimum fee for parking at the public beach Perhaps it would encourage car pooling and help with traffic congestion. Other beach communities do charge for parking. I think the funds generated should be used to keep the beach and the facilities clean and updated. The beach is certainly a draw for tourists so let’s use the funds to maintain the beautiful beach
02/07/2019 10:25 AM

Encourage more people to use their bicycles to get around Siesta Key. Cycling may not be appropriate for everyone, but if you get 20% of the people out of their cars (SUVs, pickups, etc) and on to bicycles, it can start to have a real impact. To encourage more cycling, Siesta Key would need protected bikes lanes in high traffic areas, more bicycle parking, better signage on the roads, and more information about cycling in general.
02/07/2019 10:13 AM

Something needs to be done. Traffic is awful - regulate traffic with permits from Feb-spring and then have trolly take people on-off the island who are not staying or living there. Our beaches are overcrowded and disgusting now from overuse. I moved here 5 years ago and already the beach has become a disgusting pit and it used to be so nice.
02/07/2019 10:05 AM

Is paid parking going to increase the availability of parking? I don’t see how. Unless the off island trolly was very frequent I don’t think people will use it.
02/07/2019 9:51 AM

I DO NOT WANT ANY PARKING METERS, ANYWHERE!!! Increase the number of SCAT lines/buses to Siesta Key. Build parking garages with direct trolley lines to the beaches. Thanks for asking. Charles and Mary Jane Hamilton
02/07/2019 9:48 AM

Paid parking at Siesta Beach is a good idea. It would encourage people to carpool or use alternative transportation. I also like the idea of charging a toll to get onto Siesta Key.
02/07/2019 9:46 AM 

Most of the time, it is a challenge to find a parking spot. In the high season, it could take up to 15 min or more. Sometimes, we encounter people sitting in a parking spot to keep it for someone that is on it's way. Not allowed of course, but people do it anyway, and get away with it. Suggestion? 1. Parking meters, payable with credit cards, mandatory on weekends with a maximum time permitted (3 hours). 2. During the week, payable parking during high times. 3. High season is the worst. From December till April. Free parking should remain during low season of May till December 15. Good luck with all this! Concerned resident.
02/07/2019 9:37 AM

Getting on to the Key from either end is a nightmare. How about buying Benderson out and putting a park and ride lot. Another thought is stop promoting over population of the area.
02/07/2019 9:25 AM

Paid parking and no more SCAT shuttle! Please!!!
02/07/2019 9:24 AM

High and over speed limit traffic coming to Siesta Key. Could be improved by charging for parking.
02/07/2019 9:21 AM

It gets busy but it is manageable. Most of people's problems seem to come from a lack of common sense. You can't expect to show up at the beach at noon on a Saturday and whip right into a spot. But when we can't find a spot, we have no problem parking further or going down to turtle beach and going to the beach there or taking a trolley. We have never had an issue finding parking when we are going to eat or shop though. However, paid parking would absolutely stop us from doing so. We would go down to Venice, Nokomis, and st. Armands if paid parking were introduced to Siesta.
02/07/2019 9:18 AM

There is way too much traffic Very difficult to park at the beach Agree there should be parking fees
02/07/2019 9:16 AM

Elevated cross walks and teaching the trolly drivers to be courtious would help a lot more than cutting down auto traffic. I've lived here 5 years. Here's what my daily observation of traffic tells me: I spend more time stuck at the Stickney Point stop light due to peds than high traffic. One old couple slowly crossing can tie up cars for 2 light cycles. Oh, and the trolly drivers back traffic up more than should be allowed.
02/07/2019 9:12 AM

Charging for parking will have unintended consequences that are not yet known. But it will put strain on public streets and in front of homes, or anywhere people will look to park. To get cars off the island; shuttle service is needed from east of the trail at both bridge accesses
02/07/2019 9:11 AM

During season the traffic on Midnight Pass Road is horrific. I live in the south side of the island and get upset when people use the left lane to game the traffic and try to cut into the right lane toward the beach. This ties up traffic in the left lane unnecessarily. I want people and visitors to enjoy the beach and Key but be respectful of those of us who live there. Anything that alleviates the congestion would be appreciated.
02/07/2019 9:10 AM

Automobile traffic is no worse on Siesta than it is elsewhere. Inconvenient, yes. The single worse disruption is not from cars; it's the Siesta Breeze trolly, which drives under the speed limit, refuses to pull over to allow traffic to pass, and stops every minute. The line of cars tied up behind these transports far outweighs delays caused by people driving.
02/07/2019 9:05 AM

Traffic is very heavy crossing the bridges and adds to travel time when someone who lives on the island getting off and on the island to go shopping , meet friends get groceries; so I would be in favor of a way to cut down the traffic. Thanks
02/07/2019 9:02 AM

Paid parking unless you are a local would be fine by me. Locals should get a pass. The trolley service is wonderful except in high season when it can’t get through traffic. If the red tide situation is not taken care of it won’t matter. People will stop coming and the economy will fall apart.
02/07/2019 8:54 AM

Traffic on Siesta key is becoming a nightmare- there are long lines to go over the sticknsy point bridge and turn right towards the public beach and the village is equally packed with cars down there often making parking near impossible- I think it’s very important to charge to park in the lot at the public beach- It would cut down on car flow- especially if there was an available trolley for vacationers to take-
02/07/2019 8:52 AM

Not eanough beach access. Traffic is horrible. Close off streets and have people pay to get on.
02/07/2019 8:50 AM

Took me 20 minutes of driving in circles to find parking and an extra 30 min to get out there.
02/07/2019 8:50 AM 

Hi, my thoughts regarding traffic and parking in the crescent beach area is as follows . The increased access too our beach in this area will be disastrous. The useable beach area at #13 has been reduced by the new law allowing the beach front property owner to cordon off the beach too the high water mark of the day . The property owners line determination is very aggressive and way more than allowed by the new law . The Hyatt and the Beach club have claimed 90% of the useable area in front of there property. How about adding a county official to review those flags with a fine attached if they are too aggressive .
02/07/2019 8:44 AM

Traffic is inconsistent and difficult to judge when you have to go to work and it can take double the time you anticipated. The trolley has been a great success on the island moving people around, and it would be nice to have a trolley on the bridges (on/off island) as well. Again sometimes the bridges go up not on schedule and again double my time that it can take to go to work. Also full time island residents should get a free parking pass while others should be charged to cross the bridge so that it would encourage trolley use.
02/07/2019 8:39 AM

I have been going to Siesta Key since 1970's. I feel paid parking is the only option. It is being implemented on St. Armands Circle. My last trip to Key West , I used paid parking! The meter is in the middle of the block, you insert your credit card and license number, then put the printed ticket on your dash. It also sends an alert to your phone when it is about to expire. So covenient and relieves the stress of driving around and around looking for parking spots.
02/07/2019 8:09 AM

Charge for beach parking, but have a free or discounted residents permit.
02/07/2019 8:07 AM

SIESTA KEY BEACH PARKING SHOULD BE FREE. IT'S A PUBLIC BEACH! OR AT LEAST FOR RESIDENTS.
02/07/2019 8:06 AM

Charge a nominal fee for parking at Siesta Key beach and fund a trolley. Eliminate some traffic
02/07/2019 8:01 AM

More parking has helped a lot but in late Feb and March, if you don’t get to the beach by 10am, choices of parking are very limited. We stay on Turtle and the trolley is a welcome option. We thought part of Stickney Point and Route 41 land could be parking with a shuttle service to alleviate traffic on the bridge. Also, it seems Wells Fargo bank on the island has so much parking that’s not used for their business or anything else
02/07/2019 8:00 AM

Charging is NOT a good idea. It would work during certain times of the year but as a permanent resident on Siesta Key I personally do not want the NUMBER 1 beach in the US to turn into another government controlled entity. This gift can easily be paid for by exiting taxes.
02/07/2019 7:45 AM

I favor charging a fee for parking at the Siesta Key Municipal Beach and using the funds to provide public transportation to and from the mainland as a means to reduce traffic on the Key.
02/07/2019 7:44 AM

The traffic and parking is out of hand. I think there should be paid parking at the public beach and a toll for non Siesta Key residents over the bridges
02/07/2019 7:06 AM

During season the traffic and parking is horrible. In order to enjoy the beach without driving around to find a parking space one needs to arrive before 9:00 or sooner.
02/07/2019 6:56 AM

We have not had problems parking at Siesta Key Beach. We very much appreciate the opportunity to park without having to pay and hope we will still be able to enjoy the free parking at the public beach.
02/07/2019 6:44 AM

Traffic is horrendous. Stop the proposed Benderson Stickney Pt.project . Get rid of some of the crosswalks south of public beach, they make traffic much worse
02/07/2019 6:33 AM

Should remain free.
02/07/2019 4:30 AM

Traffic and parking seem to be most congested during holidays, particularly winter and spring break. Parking fees at Siesta Key Beach parking lots could be levied during these times with a maximum time limit of 3 hours per parking space with fee payment access available via smart phone per numbered space.
02/07/2019 3:12 AM 

Super thanks for the Siesta Key Trolley! Thanks for the crosswalk buttons on Midnight Pass Road and Beach Road. Put a 2/3 acre and 4 story parking garage in Siesta Village where the municipal lot is now. The traffic light at Midnight Pass & Beach Road is fine as is. Put a parking lot on Clark Road by the vacant lot advertised for 34 condos...then let the Trolley pick up visitors there. Likewise, let Siesta Village visitors park at Siesta public beach after sunset and let the Trolley run until after the restaurants & lounges close. Let visitors park on grass berm on Siesta Village craft days. Do planned roadwork in Siesta Key from June to November only. Put a public beach access in by Wells Fargo or Sarasota Surf & Racquet. Allow vacant lot paid parking every where in Siesta Key.
02/06/2019 11:46 PM

Traffic is terrible during January through April and parking is none existent.
02/06/2019 10:30 PM

The traffic is overwhelming packed and backed up. I’ve lived in Sarasota for 22 years and I’ve always knew Siesta Key was always crowded but in recent years it’s been excessive. I’ve tried to take my children a couple of times the last two years and finally I’ve given up in trying. I waisted more gas looking for parking spots then actually driving 30-50 minutes driving to Siesta. I found out you can call the for the bus to pick you up from your location. But I have no clue where I can park my car and be able to figure out how to get the to my location. It’s so vague and I’m a local. It’s pretty sad when you can’t even reach the beach and you live in town.
02/06/2019 10:24 PM

While a fee may assist with parking throughout Siesta Key, full time residents (those that qualify homestead exemption) SHOULD NOT be charged for parking at the beach parking. We already pay enough taxes!
02/06/2019 9:26 PM

I think the traffic coming over the south bridge is treacherous coming into Midnight Pass. There should be a way to cone the road so there is less weaving and cutting into traffic. To many near misses and people shouting obscenities. I don’t think metered parking would make it less congested.
02/06/2019 9:12 PM

I think the parking is wonderful on Siesta Key. I always park my bike at the Stickney Point parking area (Public Beach Access 12). I kind of wish they had a rinse off area there over by the bike rack is, but that's it. I think it's great!
02/06/2019 9:09 PM

residents of the county should not have to pay. we as taxpayers pay for the county parks dpt to care for the beach
02/06/2019 8:54 PM

Horrible
02/06/2019 8:28 PM

Definitely need more parking. Way too many drunk people driving and too many accidents and injuries. I would not have paid parking as many people go elsewhere. I would have a remote lot with a shuttle service to the beach. Please, please, crack down on drinking at Siesta Key Beach. It makes me not want to take the family there
02/06/2019 8:25 PM

It is so crowded during season. Full time residents should be have passes first.
02/06/2019 8:19 PM

My family and I have tried on 5 different occasions throughout the past year to go to Siesta Key Beach. Every single time, the traffic is backed up for a mile or more on Midnight Pass. The parking lot has also been full every time we have been there. It takes us a minimum of 30 minutes to get there (even though we live 6 miles away) and then 30 minutes to return home disappointed. We have decided to drive to St. Pete Beach or Coquina Beach from now on and not even bother with Siesta Key. We never have any problems finding parking in St. Pete. This is a shame since we are full-time, tax paying residents.
02/06/2019 8:02 PM

Siesta key is a beautiful place to visit and take guests. However, something needs to be done about parking as it is impossible to find a spot during and after season
02/06/2019 7:53 PM

There should not be paid parking and Siesta Key Residents do not deserve special treatment. If this is all there is to this survey the County should be ashamed. You need to collect data not subjective information.
02/06/2019 7:28 PM

Just put a charge for crossing the bridges. Except of course for residents. Using a bar code
02/06/2019 6:49 PM

Annual fee for all county full time residents of $75 - $100 for the parking pass. All others would pay $3.00 per hour.
02/06/2019 6:29 PM

add a second story to the current parking area. One story will not block the view of the residents across the street from the beach. Pay for it with a parking fee now
02/06/2019 6:13 PM

Build a parking garage
02/06/2019 6:12 PM

TAKE OUT THOSE G D PALM TREE ISLANDS !!!!! There are over 100 of them!!!! You could RE CLAIM 300 to 500 spaces!!!! YOU Commissioners were WARNED 6 yrs ago not to turn the lot into a JUNGLE and you spent 23 MILLION .. Take those damn things out.. PROBLEM SOLVED!!!!!
02/06/2019 6:12 PM

All for paid parking for non-Sarasota residents. Consider a parking garage over portion of current parking lot as the current configuration doesn’t come close to providing the necessary spaces. Very poor planning in recent remodeling.
02/06/2019 6:09 PM

We should be charging for parking like any other popular public beach. Even if it is only a few dollars a day.
02/06/2019 6:01 PM

Parking is not an issue for me. Traffic however is. The lines on the south bridge onto the key are deplorable Town planners have given little thought to residents I can’t imagine how bad it will be when the development on 41 and Stickney is compleated. Siesta is a money grab with no thought given to the tax payers that live on the Key
02/06/2019 5:57 PM

I won't go there during season not weekends off season since there is never any parking. I would pay for a yearly pass if guaranteed parking. Daily fees would be ok too.
02/06/2019 5:38 PM

That is not fair I live here I should not have to pay
02/06/2019 5:23 PM

Traffic during season is ridiculous...all the way from 41 onto the key. Sadly, we are not able to enjoy our beaches during season because of the increased traffic and nonexistent parking. Parking fees for non-residents only! As a visitor to other coastal towns that charge for parking, I would gladly pay a non-resident fee. As a resident though, I’d hope that my tax dollars would count! Off-the-key parking and shuttle service would also be helpful for those of us who don’t have condo parking available.
02/06/2019 5:14 PM 

Traffic on Siesta Key is often at a crawl, especially on season. It is difficult to get on or off the Key, with long wait times and problems for emergency vehicles, endangering public safety. Recommendations: 1. Implement paid parking at the beach. 2. Have stickers/ passes for Siesta residents. Consider County Resident passes also, either free or low cost. 2. Find ways to park off Siesta and shuttle people to the beach. 3. DO NOT make more parking on Siesta Key. That will only INCREASE traffic and exacerbate an already unacceptable situation.
02/06/2019 5:03 PM

We like going. Parking should always be free for full time residents. Traffic can be awful at times, but that goes with the territory of being number one beach. Maybe we don’t want to be number one.
02/06/2019 4:58 PM

It is not right that as a Sarasota resident I cannot park on Siesta Key streets, I cant even buy a parking pass!
02/06/2019 4:48 PM

Parking is terrible and as residents our family seldom goes there anymore. Consider dedicating a portion of the parking area for residents only or a parking charge for non-residents.
02/06/2019 4:26 PM

I have lived near the beach in Maine, NY, MA and CT. All charged non residents to park at the beach. If SK did the same, more people might take the trolley. I have been coming down here for 31 years. The traffic over the South Bridge is a nightmare. I am concerned that emergency vehicles would be able to respond in time.
02/06/2019 4:21 PM

I think it should remain free parking. It's part of the allure & the attraction. Adds to the excitement & the anticipation (when it's busy). We need to be more respectful and appreciative to all visitors, tourist. They are vital, crucial entities of the economy & benefit of the community. Like with red tide and it's detouring of guest, people & businesses were begging for their return. Appreciate em & value em when they are here.
02/06/2019 4:16 PM

I believe Sarasota Natives should receive a parking exemption or a reduced parking fee.
02/06/2019 4:04 PM

Always packed, never enough spots. It has gotten to the point I just don't go to the beach on Siesta anymore.
02/06/2019 4:03 PM 

No amount of parking at the beach will improve the situation. Additional parking will only increase the chock points that exist entering and leaving the key. Offsite parking with frequent shuttles in vehicles equipped to get on and off them quickly combined with steep parking fees that incentivize using the shuttles is the only method that may work. In no case should any additional parking be located at the beach. This will only exacerbate an already unacceptable public safety situation for the few key residents that are left.
02/06/2019 3:51 PM

Traffic and parking can be improved , buy having BUS 11 go directly downtown, without a transfer. Also it can open up Sarosota to seasonal people. Maybe just Dec. through April
02/06/2019 3:44 PM

Start charging even if it’s only $1.00. Wise up!!
02/06/2019 3:44 PM

please keep it FREE! thats all i got to say.
02/06/2019 3:38 PM

I would hate to see paid parking but if paid parking is to be added, I think it should only be in season. The draw bridges really slow and back up the flow of traffic (especially the south bridge). I think opening it once an hour instead of twice an hour would really help in season.
02/06/2019 3:26 PM

I've lived in Sarasota County for over 50 years and understand that traffic and parking is not good during season. However, I don't think that charging for parking will make a change. I would like to keep the parking free for as long as possible. Thank you!
02/06/2019 3:18 PM

I think a fee for parking should be charged. Use the funds for daily beach cleanup. Put trash cans out near the lifeguard stands that brought in after sunset. Seems the traffic would benefit from roundabouts.
02/06/2019 3:10 PM

I am hoping that if you will be charging for parking at Siesta Beach we would like there to be a resident sticker/pass for us that pay taxes etc to live here!
02/06/2019 2:58 PM 

The traffic is bad because tourists visit and want to see the paradise we live in. Parking is hard to find. On another note, you are penalizing all of Sarasota residents with a paid parking, I think that's the agenda soon to happen. Just because we don't live on the island doesn't mean we don't live in Sarasota. Sarasota residents, all Sarasota County and City residents, should not have to pay. Charge the out-of-towners and part time residents, not the people who live and work full time and pay taxes here. Thanks.
02/06/2019 2:39 PM

My main issue with traffic on Siesta Key is that the free shuttle seems to stop wherever it wants to pick people up. This is inconvenient for those traveling in their personal vehicles. It should have designated stops. People can walk to these areas or just continue to walk to their destination. Frequent stopping does not allow for flow of traffic. As far as parking goes, I don't spend time on the key other than travel for work.
02/06/2019 2:28 PM

Parking is the #1, #2, and #3 reasons why I do not go to Siesta. We are sitting on a worldwide treasure, and squander it by not offering adequate parking. I think we need to bite the bullet and build a parking structure at the beach. I know the folks who live nearby will complain about their view. Only so much can be done about that. Potentially keep the garage limited to 2 or three floors, but make it wide enough to still house a lot of cars. The garage will need to be large enough for at least 2 separate ramps and at least 2 gates in/out. This will keep traffic flowing better and not back things up onto the main road. Garage can be used for nightlife too. Parking at night can be a nightmare. Garage and night trolley would be great to alleviate pressure at night.
02/06/2019 1:56 PM

After watching Sarasota County spend 21 plus million to add 200 parking spots I find that we need a change in how the county is run.You had a chance to put a parking deck up and just blew it Now here you are again addressing the same problem.Charge ten dollars a car to park in any public spot that will force a lot of people to bunch up in one car and help with some of the problem. Next get rid of the draw bridges .The money you make has to go back to keeping Siesta Beach clean eventually a nice parking deck .I really do not see anything getting done because nobody can make up there mind in this County Government.Very sad
02/06/2019 1:35 PM

We live in Venice and are at Siesta Beach most weekends. My personal view is if you want to go to the beach get there early. We never have a problem parking because we come early. I know there are issues but making paid parking is not going to solve that. People will pay because they want to go to the #1 beach in the USA as advertised. I've been been going there since 1998. If you drive people away from Siesta the local businesses will suffer. I know for us we eat at the local restaurants at least twice a month after we leave the beach.
02/06/2019 1:29 PM

Generally, it's horrible. As full time county residents, we feel we can not enjoy Siesta Key during tourist season. When I visit (often by myself), I ride my bike so I can pass the hordes of cars leading into town. On the rare occasion when we drive, we are often forced to look for parking on the neighborhood streets. It's a shame we can't enjoy the beauty of Siesta Key when it is in our own back yard.
02/06/2019 1:26 PM

Writing as a SNOW BIRD of 13 years on the corner of Beach Rd & Avenida Messina. All I will say to start is Very Dangerous. It would take 3 pages to tell you why it is. If you were to observe this area from 10am until 3am the following morning to see what I'm writing about. Racing cars, little kids , high school kids & college kids trying to find a parking place encroaching & damaging private property. We all have complained about this problem but the problem still exists. A solution:24 audio/video camera for 30 days & you can hear & see what I mean. Please I don't want to be someone to say I told you so after something bad has happened. Bill Judd 413-265-1123
02/06/2019 1:20 PM

There should be paid parking on Siesta Key Public Beach - there is at most Florida public beaches and this should not be an exception. This income could pay for additional beach patrol and education plus provide garbage bags for visitors to remove their trash. I would pay it as a resident to make the beach a better place!
02/06/2019 1:13 PM

Keep the parking free but build a parking garage in the parking lot of the public beach. Also please keep up maintenance on the access lots for us locals who prefer to park there.
02/06/2019 12:56 PM 

Dear Sirs, I have been enjoying the wonderful amenities of Sarasoda County, for the past six winters, I reside in a rental on Avenida Veneccia, over the past few years the traffic has progressively increased, to the point that the weekend have become a continuous parade of vechicles. The worsst hours are between 6 pm and continous to 2 AM. There are cars actually racing each other at times. It has also become a "hot meeting spot for teenagers", where mothers will drop four to five girls off for the day. We have actually witnessed teenagers laying on private lawn, destroying a fence, and even urinating in our back yard. My biggestt fear is , if the road is open it willl become a constant race track !
02/06/2019 12:54 PM

This note is in regards to opening North Beach Road on Siesta Key. For the past six winters we & many of our neighbors have lived during winter in the North Beach Road & Messina & Vennecia neighborhood. Over the past two or three years the high speed traffic has increased on Messina. Speeds are unchecked & regulated very little by police patrols. This high speed traffic is up & down Messina . The street has turned into a drag strip & it is a wonder that nobody has been killed. This especially true at night. If North Beach is opened this drag strip will turn into a oval NASCAR track impacting Veneccia even more than now. Rather than opening North Beach Road , some speed bumps should be placed on Messina to slow the very fast speed of cars ,trucks & motorcycles. Thank for your input reques
02/06/2019 12:31 PM

Horrible. No parking available ever, constant traffic
02/06/2019 12:31 PM

My wife and I are strongly against paid parking on Siesta Key.
02/06/2019 12:23 PM

We think parking should be paid on a daily rate and trolleys organized from somewhere on the mainland.
02/06/2019 12:22 PM

There are not enough parking spaces at siesta key beach. There should be a garage or more free public transportation available.
02/06/2019 12:15 PM 

I am retired and go to Siesta Key every morning to walk. There will always be traffic and parking issues on the beach. I feel there is nothing you can do about it as people want to go to the beach. You will have the same issues even if you charge to park. Except you will hurting the residence of this county as we are already paying for the new parking lots through our taxes. If you want to park your car at the beach do like I do and get there early before 9AM and for the holidays get there before 8AM. If you decide to charge to park your car then this is all about money and again the county resident get hurt.
02/06/2019 12:14 PM

Stop making residents pay to park!
02/06/2019 11:25 AM

Parking is horrible but I never want to have to pay to go to the beach. It’s very difficult to find parking when visiting restaurants in the village as well. They should have added more parking to the beach pavilions versus way more bbq pits and “green space” when no one utilizes them most of the time
02/06/2019 11:10 AM

Traffic. 1. Speed Limit is not enforced on Midnight Pass Rd by Davidson Drugs. At Vista Hermosa it is posted 25MPH, this sign should have lights around it. People travel at high speeds along with talking, texting. The speed limit is not enforced. 2. The traffic light at Stickney Pint & Midnight making the left onto Midnight the crosswalk by Captian Curts should walk light this would allow the traffic to keep flowing. 3. Beach Parking pot needs to start charging maybe $10.00. 4. In the village, the parking lot should be a multi-level deck like St.Armands is doing. 5. Slow the building that is causing the traffic. 6. Do not build more hotels it just brings more cars. Tom Schultz email: tes2253@gmail.com
02/06/2019 11:08 AM

Traffic over south bridge can be horrible. The right turn light at the end of bridge on key often makes traffic worse. New parking lots are all flash and no substance...so many more spaces could have been created with better planning. Locals cannot enjoy beach due to poor traffic and parking planning.
02/06/2019 10:53 AM

Siesta Key should have paid parking at the beach -- and encourage more "paid lots" like behind village cafe.
02/06/2019 10:41 AM

Traffic and parking are a true nightmare during high-season and summer months...I support paid parking at Siesta Beach, it might prompt people to pool thus also help in reducing traffic.
02/06/2019 10:35 AM

It’s terrible
02/06/2019 10:31 AM

Traffic is normally slow but this is a seasonal resort area and should be expected, we always allow extra time during heavy hours, drivers are very courteous and respectful of those walking and crossing rd,
02/06/2019 10:27 AM

Never enough parking. I drive from Lakewood Ranch to go to the beach and end up driving or sitting around the parking lot for 30+ minutes. I've seen people fighting over parking spots, yelling at each other, throwing things out of cars. It's bad. So bad to where I don't really even bother coming to Siesta anymore because it's so stressful, and thats truly a shame.
02/06/2019 10:21 AM

I think we need to have paid parking on the beach in the public parking lot. As a resident of Gulf and Bay I have seen a large uptick in litter and crowding from the public beach due to the new parking. I think charging people to park and using that money to clean the beach would go a long way
02/06/2019 10:15 AM

41 and Stickney not patrolled. Getting to the bridge difficult in season. As a taxpayer, I favor metered parking at the beach with stickers for taxpayers.
02/06/2019 9:42 AM

The traffic is horrendous and out of control. There is no rhyme or reason for the way people drive here in Florida. People drive too fast, don’t use their left/right signals and it’s very dangerous to drive anywhere. There is no law enforcement ever watching the drivers/speeders. They only show up when there is a fatal accident. I have lived in NYC all my life and the driving skills of people that drive here in Florida do not compare to the horror of driving around here. It’s getting worse here, not better. I have been here less than 2 years and I limit my driving as it’s too risky and too much of a challenge. Parking is not the problem traffic is. Defensive driving is critical.
02/06/2019 9:42 AM

Parking is difficult in the village, The trolleys are great for ease of travel along the key, I do not think there should be any more parking lots , nor do I think there should be any additional density increases on the key.
02/06/2019 9:40 AM 

Ridiculous to try to even go there between 9 and sunset Feb thru April due to traffic. Backs up to and past 41 when accessing from South bridge. Can't believe density of Siesta Promenade project was approved. Takes 45 minutes to get to parking lot from 41 and Stickney Point, then troll lot for another 20 minutes to find parking. Suggest build a second level of parking and charge non residents 5 dollars to park to help recoup cost.
02/06/2019 9:39 AM

Both a problem but its a problem all over the county. Traffic gets backed up in all directions. Not sure how to solve unless more people use public transportation. Parking the same. Keep people from saving spots, control the flow better, as many go the wrong way on the street, and when the lot is full, close it so cars cant get in to congest traffic. Thanks for letting give input.
02/06/2019 9:38 AM

There are many cars but the prospects of increasingly available alternatives has been encouraging.
02/06/2019 9:37 AM

You should have metered parking like st pete, clearwater. Make some revenue for the town.
02/06/2019 9:34 AM

Traffic on the south bridge is dangerous and will only get worse. The 41 and Stickney Pt. intersection ruined my chances to play college football, or join the military. I was on my way to the beach after football practice and was involved in a head on collision with an 86 year old man who turned left at a red light into on coming traffic. That was 10 years ago and I am still dealing with the injuries from it. This new development will only ensure more traffic and confused seniors hurting themselves and others. The south bridge intersection is a nightmare for the people who live and work on siesta key. No comment on parking.
02/06/2019 9:34 AM

Traffic is dangerous. It is a main reason tourists say they will not return. Parking is very poor. It creates an environment where people do not want to even bother to try and go to a place. When friends say, let’s me at xxx, the question follow, where would we even park?
02/06/2019 9:26 AM

it,s a joke .suggestion tear sarasota mall down and make a parking lot with bus shuttles to the beach and charge for parking and the shuttle
02/06/2019 9:15 AM

I am against parking fees in Siesta Key.
02/06/2019 9:15 AM

The free parking is great at siesta key beach. The traffic through the restaurants and shops could move a little faster and smoother though.
02/06/2019 9:07 AM

It’s complete shit! Get it together!!!!!
02/06/2019 9:00 AM

The property that Beruff wants to turn into a giant fiasco at 41 and Clark road is the easiest wat to solve a lot of the parking problems on the key-use it for parking and shuttling folks to the key for a sum which will support the parking area! Beruff doesn't need to destroy any more of our state!
02/06/2019 8:52 AM

Personally I am all for a nominal fee at Siesta Beach. That being said I also feel that tax-payers of Sarasota County should be afforded the opportunity for a discounted pass. The issue is truly a traffic problem as getting onto Siesta can be very challenging during peak times of day and during season. Traffic flow is not adequate onto and off of Siesta and will continue to get worse with increased development. The traffic is a safety concern as cars get backed up to the Clark Rd/US41 intersection creating dangerous traffic patterns. What can be done to improve traffic patterns onto and off of the island. A garage and transport located just off of the island could reduce traffic and improve traffic patterns for residents and those trying to get to and from work in the area. Look at traffic
02/06/2019 8:49 AM

We need paid parking
02/06/2019 8:49 AM

The new parking lot is difficult to maneuver, confusing to navigate, causes a lot of driver irritation and inadequate..
02/06/2019 8:41 AM

Parking and traffic is ridiculous and reason I no longer take guests visiting me to SIesta beach!
02/06/2019 8:37 AM

Dont go because of traffic and parking situation. And I live less than 30 minutes away.
02/06/2019 8:35 AM

The traffic is horrendous, and parking is unavailable most of the time. It has gotten to the point that we do not go on the key for any events or the beach at all.
02/06/2019 8:27 AM

Parking is obviously a mess. Charging for full time residents isn’t fair. Our tax dollars already pay for this.
02/06/2019 7:42 AM

Siesta key traffic is way too much. In season, as a resident, I rarely go there because I waste too much time sitting in my car. The parking is limited and I believe we should start charging to park at the public beach areas. Residents should be able to pay for a discounted annual pass. It’s time we start making money off of the tourism.
02/06/2019 6:20 AM

As a full-time resident of Sarasota Count my tax dollars have already paid for parking & improvements at Siesta Beach, I absolutely under no circumstances should have to pay twice. Sticker for Sarasota County residents to park for free and set up a booth for an attendant to collect fees for out-of-county tourists to pay to park. Thats super easy. Make it easy for tourists staying on the key to take beach-specific public transportation to beach and also those staying off-island. Run shuttles. If you are going to approve the development at Stickney Point & 41 ya'll need to come up with some traffic solutions. There us a carrying capacity to this area...
02/05/2019 11:42 PM

I Always find a spot KEEP PARKING FREE
02/05/2019 9:40 PM

I moved to Sarasota because the beaches are Free. As a Sarasota county realtor I use the free beach access as a selling point. Yes a few times during the year it’s hard to park. If I Circle the lot more than twice I just go down to turtle beach no a huge deal! If you do charge give residents of Sarasota county a parking pass so we don’t have to pay!
02/05/2019 9:25 PM

Full time residents should not have to pay to go to the beach. Why do you wait until traffic doubles, to do road construction?
02/05/2019 9:15 PM

If you plan ahead parking is ample, sleep in and you need to forget going to the Key. I believe there should be a valet section. Paying for parking would not be a surprise but meters are difficult for a lot of people. They can’t see the screen, aren’t sure how to pay, etc. Main Street in Sarasota is a perfect example. Have a staffed position. County residents should pay much less than noncounty residents for a per car (non transferable) annual pass, but if they don’t get the pass the day rate is the same for everyone (can’t hold up a line trying to verify residency a thousand times over). If you keep the RVs parking it should be at least double the car rate. Keep people up to date with a website that has the status of the lot to avoid cars clogging up Stickney to just to find a full lot.
02/05/2019 8:15 PM 

Can be crazy, but charging is not the answer. I for one would not pay to park at the beach. Also would be an issue for those who are on limited incomes, but enjoy being able to go to the beach and enjoy their day. Hope you give this some thought before deciding on this issue.
02/05/2019 7:42 PM

I think the fairest would be to have a pay per hour system with electronic options. Those that stayed at the beach all day can pay for it. But make it reasonable- like $1 per hour
02/05/2019 7:41 PM

Traffic can be bad if you go to the beach after 10AM. Parking is never an issue except after 10AM pretty much year round in my experience. Fourth of July is the one exception to this when arriving by 8AM is necessary. I swim regularly year round and most of the time the lots are empty.
02/05/2019 7:09 PM

I haven’t been on the beach or walked Siesta Key’s shopping area in person yet....I moved to Sarasota in August and I haven’t been able to find a parking spot on Siesta Key any of the times I go there. I usually end up driving to Lido or Coquina. So....I haven’t seen your beach or explored your restaurants and shops. You definitely have a parking problem and serious traffic issues. It took forever to get across the South bridge to the island....traffic was insane. And then all you could do was circle parking lots. Unless and until the problem is fixed, I’ll keep going to Coquina where there is plenty of parking...WITH SHADE and shady picnic tables!!!! I’ll eat out and shop up there in Manatee County.
02/05/2019 4:41 PM

The traffic on Stickney Point westbound seems to be the worst problem, (we live just north of Stickney Point off Midnight Pass Rd.) The pedestrian signal at this intersection is longer than needed. Walkers are well out of the intersection while traffic is still prohibited from turning north. When the intersection was restructured a few years back, the walkers should have all been routed along the west side of the intersection (getting across Midnight Pass at direct crosswalks just north and south of the intersection.) This could have avoided the long crossing on the east side of the intersection and lining up traffic far east along Stickney Point. (Having the bridge go up only twice hourly has truly helped.) PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS CROSSWALK! Charge $5-10 for beach parking.TY
02/05/2019 4:27 PM

Congested
02/05/2019 4:02 PM 

Paid parking is a bad idea. First come, first served has been working for the better part of a century. Perhaps a "beach license" that the lifeguards could monitor in order to raise revenue from non-locals using the beach. Full time locals get a pass(local address, voter registration, driver's license as proof of local)
02/05/2019 3:01 PM

Swim regularly (2-4/week) with Sarasota storm triathlon club, this would get exceedingly expensive to have to pay for parking.
02/05/2019 2:44 PM

We have lived in Sarasota County for 13 years. Siesta Beach has always been our go-to beach. The area is extremely congested during peak times. I believe the reason for this is that Siesta is a great beach! Any great beach will have parking shortages and traffic bottlenecks at peak times. Charging money to park will not solve this. Rather than being a means of alleviating traffic problems, charging money to park is a form of discrimination. I personally know a great many folks who would not be able to use Siesta Beach if they had to pay to park. I can afford it. Good for me. My friends can't afford it. Not good for them. Our ample tax revenue should and must continue to be the means of supporting Siesta public beach. Thank you for your consideration.
02/05/2019 2:40 PM

County residents should not have to pay. Issue stickers for residents & charge visitors if you must.
02/05/2019 2:26 PM

Parking during events is near impossible unless one arrives early. Same applies in season for the beach. I think it would have a negative impact to add parking to the beach or the village. It would detract from the ambiance of a beach town. I think the best solution would be parking away from the beach and village ( even off the key) with frequent shuttles running from parking to beach and village. Additional shuttles could run during season and events. I would also like the county to investigate Electrical powered vehicles as opposed to internal combustion driven vehicles. This would payback in both maintenance and fuel cost and reduce total cost of ownership while at the same time reducing pollution. In addition I would like to see EV charging infrastructure added to parking areas.
02/05/2019 2:25 PM 

Honk! Beep! Beep! As a part-time resident of Siesta Key for 40 years, as with any small town, I've had the opportunity to see a lot of changes. I love and adore our white, sandy beach and am so grateful for the chance to be a part of the community. I'm an advocate for change and finding solutions especially when something isn't working. The traffic on the Key isn't working anymore, yet, I'm not saying I don't want people to stop coming to visit. What's the solution? It's a small place with overcrowded parking places, horns honking, and inescapeable noise + air pollution. How can we solve this?
02/05/2019 2:13 PM

I'm OK with paid parking - a friendly amount such as 50 cents to $1/hour - IF the paid parking revenue is used for tourism purposes on Siesta Key. One possible use would be to build and maintain public restrooms in Siesta Key Village.
02/05/2019 2:10 PM

Always use south bridge because it’s the closest to us. We’ve stopped going to S.K.Beach due to too much traffic and lack of parking. The last time we went, 2 men almost got into a fistfight over our parking space. We no longer frequent the shops/ restaurants in the Village because of lack of parking. We only go to Turtle Beach, & only early in the a.m. We leave by noon when even that area gets filled up. We left TB 11:30 am today (2/5) & traffic getting onto the Key was backed up almost to #41. We’ve seen people park at Turtle & catch trolley to SKB. Makes us mad. NOT in favor of a toll (ridiculous idea). Paid parking ok if: Sarasota Cty residents can buy reasonably priced annual pass; $ goes toward buying overflow pking lot for free parking at #41 & Stickney Pt only -mall too far
02/05/2019 2:07 PM

We don’t visit restaurants and shops as often as we would like. There is no parking available and very frustrating to have the most beautiful beach but unable to use it. We usually end up at st Armand’s circle where there is parking.
02/05/2019 2:00 PM

No paid parking, please. We live here, we love being here, I would hate to have to move or stay off the key.
02/05/2019 1:44 PM

Former resident of Sarasota County. There isn't much space to expand ground parking and it's a waste of space. Build a parking garage or allow people to rent out their lots/yards to tourists. You can make parking garages look attractive. Naples has a great example right in its downtown core.
02/05/2019 1:41 PM 

First, I love visiting siesta key! It is a beautiful place that I have been visiting since I was a little girl in the 70’s. Normally we stay at a condo and we have assigned parking. However, when we decide to do a day trip parking is a problem. I have always wondered why you don’t charge for parking. Even a few dollars would keep some away :) I would be happy to pay. (A fee for non-residents of course.) The current expanded parking lot is nice, but there is a lot of wasted space-berms with plants, etc. A parking garage would be ideal.
02/05/2019 1:22 PM

My family goes to beach early so we can park. The trouble is when we are leaving people chase after us and get into altercations over the parking spot we are leaving. It is truly upsetting and it happens in front of our small children. Wish there was patrol person to step in when these aggressive actions are happening. One women stood at the rear of our car so we could not back out as she was waiting for her husband to drive their car over. We asked her to move so we could leave and she screamed at us and another women in a car waiting for our spot. It makes me not want to go to the beach.
02/05/2019 1:19 PM

I like the new drop off areas, but flow used to be better, and during busy times there is still no parking
02/05/2019 1:16 PM

Parking varies depending on the time of day and the season. There is no reason for paid paring whatsoever. It will hinder the locals from going out and swimming in the mornings and evenings.
02/05/2019 12:45 PM

traffic in this area gets worse every year and when and if the Benderson development goes ahead I can't even imagine how bad it will be. Its not even "season" yet and I had trouble getting onto Siesta Key yesterday. Traffic was backed up to Osprey Av when trying to go over the north bridge. I diverted south on the US41 to try the South Bridge which was just as bad. I am seriously thinking about leaving Sarasota, its not what it used to be unfortunately. I know i'm not the only one thinking this. Too much development and not enough being done about the red tide and pollution doesn't help!
02/05/2019 12:13 PM

Traffic is annoying but it is not all year. Parking is a nightmare during season. Do not think “paying for parking “ is going to help that situation but only frustrate the ones who live here all year unless passes to park are free to Sarasota County residents and tourists pay. A parking deck is probably warranted.
02/05/2019 12:13 PM

Parking at public beach should be free for residents. Non-residents should pay.
02/05/2019 11:57 AM

Beautiful beach and residents should be able to enjoy it without having to pay.
02/05/2019 11:42 AM

Can be frustrating at times but has never taken me more than 10 minutes to find parking. People are so lazy and entitled to want immediate gratification and immediate parking, as if they are the only residents of Sarasota.
02/05/2019 11:39 AM

charging for parking would make Siesta key no longer one of the most desirable beaches to go to on vacation. It adds a hindrance for those wanting to enjoy the beach. Personally, I think charging a $1 toll per car that enters the key would be a better option and less of a stressor on those of us that live here and want to enjoy our beautiful beaches year round.
02/05/2019 11:09 AM

You should make it free for the locals or 20 dollars for a year pass and have visitors pay to park. It would help pay for more lifeguards on Siesta beach and stands. They only have 6 guards guarding over 15,000 people year round. Our number 1 Beach needs the best and better overall care for the trash guys. Thank you for your time
02/05/2019 10:06 AM

5 month a year resident with our own parking garage so I will address only the traffic situation. Traffic definitely has increased in the last 5 years or so. The pedestrian crosswalk flashing signs on midnight pass road are a big improvement as people do tend to use those crosswalks rather than crossing all over the place wherever is the closest path. Much safer for drivers and pedestrians.. The drivers for the great majority are very courteous. The traffic getting over both bridges ( North and South ) onto or off of the island is approaching a log jam scenario. I have seen many times the traffic coming over the South bridge backed up to rt. 41and not because the draw bridge is up. Same for traffic leaving the island over the South bridge being backed up solid to Gulf and Bay condos
02/05/2019 10:06 AM

Paid parking will drive away the younger crowd. I grew up in Sarasota. Siesta Key is nearly the one attraction for people under 21. Sarasota literally can not afford to turn away younger people. This is going to become very classist very fast. People will start resorting to parking all over the place or in the village to avoid the charges. ALSO, Florida is having hella issues with red tide at the moment. Why are you giving people more reasons to avoid going to the beach? People will go to other locations. Keep Siesta as accessible as possible for everyone, it's one of our natural gems.
02/05/2019 10:01 AM 

too costly for the residents. I am a triathlete and rely on the free beach for training. I swim in the gulf 3 times a week. I don't want to pay to enjoy nature and the reason I live here. NO CHARGING FEES TO PARK. Limit the amount of cars on the island and create trolleys after the limit has been reached. Residents of Siesta Key exempt. Locals not charged, only out of town visitors.
02/05/2019 9:31 AM

Parking is terrible, especially when snowbirds season is here. Just keep driving around looking for somewhere to park.
02/05/2019 9:25 AM

I rarely go down to Siesta because it is a hassle to park.
02/05/2019 9:10 AM

The new parking lot has helped somewhat with the parking, however, the county put in so many palm trees/shrubs it could have used the space for a lot more parking spaces. If Siesta starts charging for parking, I think a free local pass needs to be available...one or two per household...we pay taxes as full time residents and shouldn't have to pay additionally to park at the beach.
02/05/2019 9:08 AM

Parking should be free and more spaces available
02/05/2019 9:01 AM

I know there are traffic issues on Siesta Key but please do not charge for parking, this is one of the very very few remaining free, affordable things to actually do in our county. Once you start charging it will become a place that only tourists go while locals try to find something else that we can actually afford in the place we live.
02/05/2019 8:53 AM

keep parking free to locals or allow some discounted permits. for example, free for siesta key residents, and nominal fee for Sarasota county residents. my family uses the beach 3-4x a week, why punish me for being a patron?

02/05/2019 8:39 AM

As a Sarasota Co resident for 30 years I don’t feel we should have to pay for parking at OUR BEACH! We pay taxes and have to put up with the annoying TRAFFIC that is happening as we speak because others from out of state are sick of Winter up North. If you have a Sarasota Co Permanent address we should be exempt. Just my opinion.
02/05/2019 7:37 AM

Traffic is bad at times you have tp be smart. Dont charge for parking and if you do allow locals a low cost permit
02/05/2019 7:27 AM

There’s not enough parking and I sure as heck don’t want to pay for it.
02/05/2019 7:23 AM

I am a 7th generation Sarasota native, and grew up going to siesta key Beach. Currently go there multiple times per week to swim for excercise in the AM. Parking is not bad at that time. I would not be able to swim if I had to pay for parking every time I went swimming. This is the time I like to go because there is no parking during season in the daytime.
02/05/2019 7:16 AM

I swim at the beach at least three mornings a week. I love the area, and always find space to park. I do not want to pay to park, and I cannot afford to continue my exercise regime if I would have to park. Sarasota County residents should get a sticker allowing free parking.
02/05/2019 7:11 AM

I generally don't have any problems with traffic or parking on the key. The beach is the place I go most often, usually early morning on weekends. I do not think charging for parking will significantly improve traffic or parking. I do think it will limit access to the beach to those that can afford the parking fees. I used to live in Pinellas and the pay beach parking there definitely discouraged trips to the beach. Pay parking at Siesta beach will make it a tourist only beach, which is a shame since Manasota residents are generally the ones keeping the beach in good condition.
02/05/2019 6:54 AM

Choosing to charge for parking at Siesta Beach takes the beach away from the locals who care for and respect the beach, and use it regularly. Swimming and exercise groups would not be able to afford regular use. Locals pay taxes for access to local treasures. But charging, you are making holiday payers pay more... and with this they will assume extra privileges, such as people picking up their discarded trash. There are other, better ways to gain revenue for the city.... I plead that you explore those options.
02/04/2019 11:31 PM

Keep the public beaches free to the public
02/04/2019 10:54 PM

Locals can not be expected to pay for parking at OUR beach! I was born and raised in Sarasota and this is ridiculous!! The beach is the one place we as locals should be able to enjoy without paying!! NO PAID PARKING AT OUR BEACHES!!! Sandi Mullet
02/04/2019 10:49 PM

Yes it’s busy....... yes it’s crazy...... leave it alone!
02/04/2019 10:49 PM

Please keep it as free parking!
02/04/2019 10:48 PM

I swim daily here as part of my training and having to pay for parking wouldn't allow me to do so anymore.
02/04/2019 10:40 PM

Charging for parking is absolutely crazy! We have the most beautiful beach and such beauty should be free to enjoy for everyone. I would not go to my morning walks if I have to pay for parking nor would I host another family event of my guesohave to pay for parking. I am 100% against charging for Parking at Siesta Key beach!
02/04/2019 10:20 PM

I'm part of a group that swims at the blue lifeguard Stand we could swim 7 days a week. Having to pay for parking be quite costly for us locals. We swim in the sun comes up we're out of there before the vacationers come. We swim for our health and our peace of mind. I'm not sure about anyone else but for some of us we are charged parking we would not be able to swim do the fixed budgets. Please reconsider keep our parking free.???
02/04/2019 10:03 PM

You should not charge for parking.
02/04/2019 9:24 PM

Make the kit resident parking. Make tourists park elsewhere and shuttle them in. They can’t vote for our commissioners - who cares. Charge residents $50/year for a sticker, charge them $20/day. Most of them come from areas that charge that much for parking at their beaches or don’t allow residents to park. Stop catering to tourists and put your residents and voters first.
02/04/2019 9:22 PM

This is one of the things I love most about living here! We should not have to pay to enjoy our local beaches! The group I swim with goes out there 6 days a week, cleans messes we don't make, brag up our beautiful beach to others which brings in commerce, and are able to train there (swimming and running) for better minds and bodies. Having to pay for parking takes too huge a chunk out of us being able to have this as we do now. I vote NO to paying for parking at Siesta Beach.
02/04/2019 8:49 PM 

I was born and raised in Sarasota County. I have raised my children here. My mother was born and raised here. Our natural resources belong to the citizens of this county. So many things have increased the cost of living, price of housing, and decreased the quality and accessibility to what we hold dear. Siesta Public Beach is PUBLIC, meaning it's ours. When you make citizens pay for parking at OUR beach you once again limit accessibility and take away from some the ability to enjoy what makes Sarasota so wonderful. Maybe we should start limiting development and control growth in light of the issues you're trying to address. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Kimberly Morris
02/04/2019 8:24 PM

I feel like that would be a huge turn off to both tourists and residents, I personally advoid beaches and places that require a toll/ paid parking at all costs. Even if that includes changing my plans for the trip.
02/04/2019 8:21 PM

I was born and raised in Sarasota. Charging for parking would be an absolutely horrible idea. Sarasota unfortunately has not been changing for the better. Pretty soon everything will be so expensive all the locals (who btw make Sarasota amazing) won’t be able to do anything or go to Siesta key at all. We visited a beach recently where you had to pay and it took all the fun out of it. Worrying about parking instead of just enjoying your kids and the sunshine. I’d definitely vote absolutely not
02/04/2019 8:21 PM

Don't charge for parking!!
02/04/2019 7:53 PM

We swim as part of a training group twice a week and having to pay would make this cost prohibitive. Full time residents should have a special low cost pass.
02/04/2019 7:36 PM

As a Sarasota taxpaying resident, I should not have to pay for parking. Make the tourists pay. Paying for parking will not reduce the traffic. Tourists can't carpool and will want to go to the beach when their schedule allows. Put signs at Stickney Point and Siesta drive advising beachgoers if the parking is filled. That would keep them off the key. They would have the opportunity to take SCAT to the beach. Charging for parking will be an annoyance and the County will have to pay for enforcement and collections. All that does is increase the County payroll.
02/04/2019 7:22 PM 

I have been a resident on siesta key since 1991. While I was not happy about the changes making the beach more accessible to many more people I can see that the improvements were needed. However, with the improvements more people arrived making traffic at a standstill on weekends and with their arrival the parking area and beach required more help from volunteers and staff to clean up. It would appear that making the beach more accessible to all did not balance with individuals appreciating and cleaning up after themselves. Perhaps a cost to come to the beach will cause people to realize that it is not to be taken for granted. I think it is time for Siesta to return to the special place - less traffic - less trash - and revenue!!!!!
02/04/2019 7:21 PM

We are residents of Manatee County but frequent Siesta Key. My husband and I come from NJ where many of the beaches charge for beach tags or to park. Couldn't beach fees help to keep the beach cleaner. For example, after the holiday weekends the beach is a mess with litter and bottles. There doesn't seem to be enough trash containers or trash pick ups. ie, after New Years the beach was littered with trash and bottles. Perhaps the fees could be used to fund additional clean up. I would pay to park at Siesta Key, it's such a beautiful beach.
02/04/2019 6:58 PM

Please don’t charge for parking at the public beach. It would be a real hardship for those on a fixed income that like to come to the beach to walk or swim on a daily basis.
02/04/2019 6:33 PM

Parking is a nightmare, something needs to happen to make it better. Charge for parking would help.
02/04/2019 6:31 PM

Please do not charge for parking.
02/04/2019 6:13 PM

Please do not do this, we pay taxes our beach should be free. So very much disagree!!!! We are not all rich here yes It matters it makes a difference in our lives please no !!!!
02/04/2019 6:02 PM

For the most part, I like to swim early, then get out of there! By the time I am leaving, the tourists are circling the parking lot like sharks. I always try to get there before 9 am. At that time, I can always get a spot. I would be sad if they start charging residents for parking. At the most, I think it would be fair to charge non locals, but give locals the option of purchasing a yearly pass. $50/yr max is my thought. Thanks.
02/04/2019 6:01 PM 

parking is challenging during busy times.. I wish there was an option to park & take a trolley or more parking available. The other spaces we use to be able to go have been taken away.. shell beach severely limited parking, the area behind the village, we use to be able to park & enjoy that end of the beach.. now we're limited to main public beach which can leave you circling for a spot for 30 min and hope you get lucky.. PLEASE don't charge residents for parking! and not early morning or late night charges! the early morning walkers & swimmers and residents should have free access to our beaches & parking.
02/04/2019 5:58 PM

Not enough parking.... still. Barely go to the beach because of it. Def won’t go if I have to pay for parking though.
02/04/2019 5:38 PM

I’m quite worried that pay-to-Park at Siesta Key Beach will alienate poorer sections of our community from enjoying our beautiful natural resource that should be available for everyone. It gives an unfair advantage to those who can afford it.
02/04/2019 5:19 PM

Siesta Key beach is unique due to the fact that it doesn’t charge for parking. Because of this, the beach is essentially accessible to everyone. As a former lifeguard who worked here, I know many of the patrons, most who come from different parts of the world, love the hometown feel that the beach has. Charging for parking would eliminate this, cause regular beach goers to possibly come to the beach less, and overall hurt the image of Siesta Key. Please don’t charge for parking, it’s not worth it, and many locals and tourists alike will most likely agree.
02/04/2019 5:14 PM

1) Paid parking will provide funding for repaving and other resurfacing projects throughout the County. 2) Paid parking will encourage carpooling, ride-sharing, and reduce the number of trips, thus reducing the traffic on the island. 3) The Siesta Key Parking Lot should have never been built without consideration for the electrification of personal, fleet, and county vehicles. Absolutely astounding that the County planners didn't include this in the multi-million dollar design and construction effort.
02/04/2019 12:00 PM

I am not in favor of paid parking anywhere on the island, but specifically not at the beaches. There does need to be parking made available near Crescent Beach so that non-locals can have access. I am also concerned about the traffic worsening with the potential development at Rt. 41 & Stickney Point Rd. It is AWFUL in-season and when the bridge opens. I have been stuck waiting on 41 North to make the left toward the bridge for over 20 minutes on several occasions.
02/04/2019 11:30 AM

Traffic Issue #1: Traffic signals need to be sequenced with the pedestrian crossing signals. If traffic has a green signal the pedestrian cross walk signal should be deactivated. Otherwise, the pedestrian signal now becomes the traffic control signal. So even if the cars have a green they are stopped because of the pedestrian signal. This is most apparent coming off the Stickney bridge heading north. Traffic Issue #2: Parking at the beach lot. There should be (2) large jumbo-tron signs welcoming all to Siesta Key at the intersection of 41 and Stickney Point. This could serve for announcements of upcoming events as well as the status of parking at the beach. If the lot is already full. why do you allow traffic to come onto the island only to find out its full? Frustrating for everyone!
02/04/2019 10:22 AM

I have lived on Siesta Key for 16 years and each year traffic gets worse and worse especially during season. We are actually contemplating moving off of the Key b/c of how bad last years Season was, when it takes someone who lives here 60 minutes to get home it's ridiculous. One of our biggest issues lately has been the Siesta Key Trolley - they are slow, do not go the speed limit, stop wherever they want and do not pull over - it makes traffic so much worse and it shouldn't be allowed especially during high season. And the issue of the bridges being able to go up whenever a boat signals is absurd, there are times during season when I am late getting kids to school b/c the bridge is up. Something needs to be done, it is really unfair to year round residents.
02/04/2019 9:01 AM

Adding parking, either surface or garage, will not solve the problem. That only adds to the problem by attracting more vehicles to the beach and then those cars have to exit the island late in the day when "beach time" is over causing gridlock across the bridge. Increase public transportation availability to the beach during Season! Schedule buses or trolleys every 20 minutes during peak time of year. Make it free and frequent enough (every 20 minutes) so that folks are encouraged to ride while perhaps charging to park at the beach to reduce traffic at the beach parking areas. And this system probably would only have to be implemented during the busy tourist season.
02/04/2019 7:42 AM

Keep parking free & unlimited. If you charge for parking, we would stop visiting siesta beach and steer friends & family to other beaches. Plus parking for the local apartments & condos would be swamped by illegal parking. If you want to keep bringing in tourism to America's #1 beach, keep parking accessible.
02/03/2019 10:31 PM

The new parking lot is a disaster. A lot of wasted space for trees , wide sidewalks that no one uses, and cul de sacs that create traffic jams. Fix the parking lot & then leave it alone. No parking fee. No one is going to share rides to the beach.
02/03/2019 6:05 PM

Awesome mode of getting around on the island. No need to move car and more time to enjoy the area. Keep wheels moving.
02/03/2019 4:02 PM

I have been a full time resident of Sarasota for over 50 years. The traffic, on and off the key, during tourist season, has ALWAYS been very busy and, ever increasingly, especially on the south bridge. However, in the off season, it's no real problem. And, unless you're going to issue ALL county residents, whether full or part time and including absentee property owners, a free pass, don't even THINK about charging us for parking at our own beach... As to parking and, again, in the off season, it's just not a problem, especially during election season, if you catch my drift... Just let the hoteliers, businesses and other property owners capitalize on any "need" for parking and trolley services for the tourists... $$$ :-))
02/03/2019 2:22 PM

I would be opposed to any parking requirement that would negatively impact the ability of local families to enjoy the beach.
02/03/2019 12:27 PM

I am an avid beach enthusiast and usually visit Siesta Key at least once a week. I am opposed to any paid parking. I am also opposed to Siesta Promenade which will only escalate traffic issues. This area should be a Breeze transit station with off island parking.
02/03/2019 11:41 AM

Each year the traffic problems are getting worse and now have reached the point during season where at times there is complete gridlock at 41 and Stickney !
02/03/2019 10:41 AM

Today I was looking for a parking place in the Village so I could go to brunch at the Sun Garden Café. After I saw that all of the surrounding parking spaces were filled, I noticed a Pay and Park one with entrance on Calle Minorga. What luck! How nice! After I parked and went to pay, I discovered that it cost $5.35 for an hour. That seems outrageous to me for a venue such as the Village. Obviously, I will never park there again. If I were in Washington D.C. or Manhattan, it might be a bargain, but not in a village that depends so much on the business of vacationers. In Siesta Key’s favor, and something new to me is the free bus. If a car is not needed, such as for shopping, that is the way to go. A very nice addition! I have been coming to the Key, Siesta Beach area, for 20 years.
02/02/2019 7:23 PM

traffic has gotten worse over last 10 years (not all bad, lots of tourist dollars to key.) I have no problem with paid parking as long as all monies go to improvements to siesta key. plus the should buy wells fargo land and build parking garage
02/02/2019 5:03 PM

I do not believe that paid parking will result in car pooling. Most of the beach goers (in season) are not with a group that are going to car pool. We are too dependent as a society to not use our own auto. Free parking is great benefit to all citizens and non-residents. This is a marketing plus for Sarasota.
02/02/2019 4:52 PM

Both horrendous. Thankful for the trolley otherwise I would not shop, eat or do any business in that wonderful village. Same with going to that No. 1 beach in the country.
02/02/2019 4:09 PM

There never seems to be enough parking wherever we go so The trolley is a life saver! Traffic is ok if you stay off the roads during the peak time of the day.
02/02/2019 3:08 PM

In season, sadly, I avoid Siesta beach most times because its incredibly frustrating to find parking. I wouldn't even mind park and ride, but when you go to the beach, you want to make a stay, and usually have lots of stuff to bring (chairs, cooler, blankets, umbrella etc) and thats hard to bring on the bus or shuttle.
02/02/2019 9:21 AM

Parking during season is difficult unless you arrive very early in the a.m. I love walking this beach but my husband will not even attempt to go there because of the parking problem.
02/02/2019 9:02 AM

Very little parking especially if you arrive mid morning say after 11am. So if we do not get out of the house early enough, we just skip the visit. Additional parking is much needed!
02/02/2019 7:11 AM

No parking fees as that would deter visitors
02/01/2019 11:25 PM

Clearly, parking is a problem at beach and in village. The Siesta Breeza concept should be expanded.
02/01/2019 8:30 PM

I think the traffic in Siesta Key is growing at an alarming rate. As a 15 year resident of Sarasota County, I have noticed that in the last 3-4 years the traffic (and massive lack of parking) is an ongoing issue on the key - particularly in season months. Even though, now it seems that the problem is growing year around. I do not have a suggested solution. I can say that as a full-time resident it saddens me that my family and I can't and don't go out the key anymore because it is simply frustrating and a big hassle. My input: focus on how to make things better first for the locals, tourists secondary.
02/01/2019 1:08 PM

By approving Siesta Promenade, the County Commissioners have exacerbated a dire traffic situation Instead of considering traffic as part of the CAP four of the five commissioners stated that traffic is always an issue and Stickney Point is no different. I respectfully suggest , it is different. I t is a hurricane evacuation route and one of two ways to the most popular beach in the US. As a permanent senior citizen on Siesta Key I fear for the day when I need an ambulance to come to take me to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the ambulance is stuck in traffic. I have witnessed this first hand on the bridge watching as a fire truck had to use the other lane and was stopped. Please know our lives as permanent residents are in your hands. Please do something!
02/01/2019 7:07 AM

I think its fine. Not great, not bad, just fine.
01/31/2019 12:12 PM

YOU HAD ME UNTIL YOU STARTED TALKING USING MONEY $1.5 TO $3 MIL AND THEN IMMEDIATELY STARTED TALKING ABOUT THINGS LIKE KEEPING AREAS CLEAN AND TREES TRIMMED ETC. CAUSING THE INTENT TO LOOSE ITS FOCUS AND STARTED LOOKING MORE LIKE A TOURIST TAX. STAY FOCUSED KEEP THE SCOPE TIGHT AND ON POINT. THE INTENT IS TO REDUCE TRAFFIC AND IMPROVE ACCESS AND PARKING TO THE PUBLIC BEACH NOT CLEAN AREAS AND TRIM TREES. THAT’S HOW ALL WELL INTENDED TAXES START AND THEN FAIL. BUILD TRUST DON’T BAIT AND SWITCH MORE CONTRIBUTIONS TO FOLLOW. JACK ZIPF 614-581-2445
01/31/2019 9:27 AM

I live on Beach Road between beach access 9 and 10. If I turn right out my driveway and heading towards Stickney Point bridge, the Public Beach the impact of the traffic including the trolley stops, cars and tourist crossings in Season (Feb 1 through the end of April), means I could set in traffic for 30 to 45 minutes on average. It is faster for me to go out the North Siesta Key bridge and then drive south down using 41 to reach Stickney Point, Gulf Gate area. Reaching the South End of Siesta Key to kayak at Turtle Beach is an ever further drive and again sometimes better to drive all the way around than go through the traffic and people.
01/30/2019 11:48 PM

I am against parking fees. It will make it harder for residents to enjoy the beach. One of the criteria for USA best beach is free parking. we would loose that. Free parking actually makes Sarasota a more welcoming town than all the others that charge for parking. It will make traffic more difficult as people look for places to park that are still free.
01/30/2019 5:09 PM 

I think the two lanes preserves charm and keeps traffic slower, but the bike and walking paths need to be much larger to encourage alternatives to driving around Siesta Key. There also needs to be more public parking; especially since we are advertising and encouraging tourism. If this is paid parking, residents that live here with families (esp. the middle class) would not be able to afford a high cost and that should be taken under consideration. Since not everyone may not want to spend the day at the beach, perhaps a paid garage that is close to the beach (with resident discounts) , but not on the beach so people can walk fair distance between the beach and local shops. Additionally, the paring spaces should be more simple and not have a complicated traffic flow as it does now.
01/30/2019 2:27 PM

Please review the stops for the Trolley. The main stop in the Village is currently on the road/sidewalk in front of Morton's Siesta Key Market. I drive that way and park in Morton's frequently and that stop is creating a serious danger of pedestrians being hit. Last week I witnessed a truck turn off the road into the parking lot behind the trolley and run into a parking sign that the driver couldn't see until too late because it was blocked by the Trolley. The sign could easily have been a person. I have seen several near misses involving pedestrians in that area when the Trolley has been parked there and have seen cars almost hit each other because the Trolley blocks visibility. There must be an alternative stop that would serve the village equally well.
01/30/2019 1:52 PM

Beach parking at peak times ( weekends and in season) cannot be alleviated by a shuttle system since families need to bring too much beech equipment with them. I would support parking fees for non Sarasota residents. No beach access fees as managing that is costly and significantly compromises the experience. Lived in NJ for 50 yrs. The most attractive, beautiful beach’s are free. Village requires more frequent shuttles. In peak time, shuttles just sit in slow traffic.
01/29/2019 6:29 PM

I don’t go out to Siesta Key much during season, at least in my car. I can’t handle the traffic, so I bought an electric bike to go out there during season; especially on weekends. I think Siesta Key could use a few multi-story parking garages. It would reduce a lot of stress for locals who are frustrated about going to their own public beach. I have a lot of great ideas if anyone wants to know them.
01/29/2019 4:56 PM 

Parking: Although I find parking to be limited in season or on beautiful weekends, I am not frustrated by the open spaces. They make the beach accessible and offer visible security. When parking is crowded, I take the trolley/bus options and believe this should be better advertised. This does not apply to the village - there are few spots and the trolley should run more often from the public beach parking, especially in the evening. Traffic: I believe that the congestion is normal and isn't an issue (look all around the county). Village traffic is difficult because of pedestrians, but also because there is limited parking and therefore confusion. I would not pay to park on the key. If it moves in that direction, I recommend a county resident pass for an annual *reasonable* price.
01/29/2019 1:32 PM

We visit and stay at Siesta Key two to three times each year. Parking is not an issue at our condo or when we go to the village. Riding bikes and walking along midnight pass could be improved with better separation from traffic and more consistent surface (ie new sidewalks/trail). We do not use the trolley as much because we can find parking in the village. It might help to have the trolley run more often and longer hours. It also might help to have a sign before the bridge that shows how full the public parking lot is at any given time of the day. Increase in parking fees would be better than building too many more parking spaces to for risk of added congestion. Higher parking rates might also help incentivize people to use public transit from the mainland.
01/29/2019 12:07 PM

Residents should not have to pay for parking on Siesta Key beach. If you want tourist dollars charge the tourist.
01/29/2019 11:09 AM

It is horrible!!! There is not enough adequate parking anywhere on Siesta Key...A Three story parking garage needs to be built at the public beach area and ALL Siesta Key employees need to park in the garage allowing for ground level handicap parking only. Additionally the lift bridge on the south end needs to only lift during much more limited, restricted hours so traffic can flow better.
01/29/2019 8:00 AM

Although the parking lot was expanded, on busy days there seems to be no parking. I typically have to pay to park at a church down the street.
01/29/2019 7:35 AM

I live on the Manasota county line. I believe you should have paid parking but not for Sarasota residents.
01/29/2019 6:15 AM 

Very crowded. Charging a toll to go onto the keywould be a helpful thing. People who live on the key must start to realize that the free ride is over. Boca Grand, Sanibel both charge and this helps with improvements that must be made.
01/28/2019 9:21 PM

No Fees.
01/28/2019 6:40 PM

I am a resident and use the beach regularly. No parking fee will be appreciatef
01/28/2019 6:12 PM

The success of The Breeze on Siesta Key is indicative of the public's embrace of public transportation when it's clean, convenient and free or low cost. I do not believe that providing more parking on the Key is the solution to traffic issues. Providing off-key parking with frequent, convenient and free public transportation to the beaches and village is the only long-term solution. Paid parking only punishes the low-income users. Those with means will happily pay and be even happier about the increased availability of parking spots. Lets not be short-sighted with our solution, but plan and execute a long-term one that will serve Sarasota and Siesta Key for many years. Visitors and residents alike can contribute to the cost [tax or fee] as all will benefit.
01/28/2019 6:04 PM

I guess that would cut down on some of the horrible traffic congestion if people had to pay for parking, but some allowances should be made for year-round residents. Personally, we don't care because we use other beaches and rarely go to Siesta Beach.
01/28/2019 5:52 PM

I drive onto Siesta Key two or three times a week year round to play tennis with my Friends at Harbor Towers.Traffic is occasionally heavy when the snow birds are here, but they do support our economy. I would strongly object to having to pay for parking at beaches that I already support with part of my $6,200 a year in property tax. Feel free to tax the visitors although they are already pay quite a bit with their occupancy taxes.
01/28/2019 5:28 PM

charge $10 for the day we have a great beach here in Nokomis--keep this free
01/28/2019 5:05 PM 

The traffic is terrible from January through April. The trolley is a wonderful improvement. However, the County Commissioner vote to approve the Benderson Project with the shoddy and almost deceitful process that occurred showed that the CC do not even understand or care about the quality of life for residents or tourists. How anyone could think that adding 400 homes and more commercial at that corner could possible be anything but totally negative in the impacts to both parking and traffic is beyond me. The idea the CC are worrying about traffic and are planning an expensive traffic study and looking at things like toll booths and water at this point instead of before the project approval signals to me lack in genuine concern or understanding of the project. Paid parking is OK.
01/28/2019 4:33 PM

I think full time residents should be able to by a resident parking pass at a reduced rate. Make the Snowbirds pay for the increased needs on our infrastructure at a much higher rate.
01/28/2019 2:57 PM

Both the traffic and parking on Siesta Key are brutal. There appear to be two straightforward approaches to address this situation: 1) Make Siesta Beach paid parking. Pledge to keep the net revenue on Siesta Key so it's not seen as a money grab. 2) Continue to develop park and go programs using off-island parking lots. 1) will definitely encourage the use of 2). Thanks!
01/28/2019 12:56 PM

We went to Sanibel and Captiva for the day recently and they charged $5 an hour for parking! It was ridiculous and if you were just touring the area it was five dollars each place, not interchangeable, even if you just stayed 30 minutes!! I know it's very busy at Siesta Key and we don't go very much because we go to Nokomis beach but when we do, we go early!! We used to live in Ft Myers and I guess they want to discourage people going to Sanibel for the day and they did! 😡😡
01/28/2019 12:02 PM

During season, you can NEVER find a parking place (especially after 11). I think making people pay for parking might help. Although, I hate the thought of that happening. Wish there was an easy solution for this awful problem.
01/28/2019 11:56 AM

Traffic is backed up during season and then nightly after sunset. Especially around holidays.
01/28/2019 10:49 AM

There is never parking, unless its June. Parking garage would be nice.
01/28/2019 10:16 AM

The traffic is getting worse every season. Parking is fine if you get a spot early or super late, otherwise your stuck driving around the parking lot.
01/28/2019 9:53 AM

It is very difficult to find parking during the busiest months and the traffic is horrendous. The paid lot at the Dickinson's parking lot has been a benefit. However, I believe the public beach parking should be a fee parking as well. Many beaches charge a fee for parking or the beach itself. With being named as a number one beach, it is a huge draw. With fee parking, at least in heaviest months, it may cut down on traffic as people find other transportation to get to the beach or they carpool instead of meeting at the beach. Also more people who are staying on Siesta Key would use the trolley instead of driving to the beach. The money can be well spent to improve parking in the Village as well as supplement the cost of the recent parking improvements at the public beach.
01/28/2019 9:45 AM

Too many cars on the KEY - no more parking spaces, must use Electric buses or other forms of commercial transportation.
01/28/2019 9:21 AM

I suggest purchasing more land or building a multi-level parking garage.
01/28/2019 8:55 AM

We moved to Sarasota because of its beautiful beaches and free public access to them and their services. Parking fees will make it more of a pain to go for a walk on the beach. Use shuttle buses to the beach from Siesta Key Mall. Do not build the Stickney Point development until self-driving cars can drop people off, and return to get them!
01/28/2019 8:47 AM

Leave it alone, you have already done enough harm with your approval of Siesta Key Promenade. We don’t need paid parking it solves nothing. People will figure out the best way for their situation to get to the beach. But I am sure the parking meter company will donate to your future campaign and you will approve what give you the most personal money.
01/28/2019 8:44 AM

We live off of Clark and Swift. Minutes from the mess you made of our beach. Since you made million dollar bathrooms and changed the parking lot, I have never been back. Really messed up a working operation. We still go to the beach, it is just Holmes Bradenton Beach - a mile and a quarter of open parking and no upcharges. People are not shoved into a single spot.
01/28/2019 8:38 AM

I do not go to Siesta Beach during peak times because it takes too long to get over the Stickney Point Bridge and down Beach Road. There needs to be more trolleys running from an alternate location.
01/28/2019 8:28 AM

No paid parking for anyone, residents or tourists. Keep it free.
01/28/2019 12:06 AM

I would like to see a parking fee, under one condition. FULL time residents (FULL) can get a parking pass for a decent priced annual fee, considering we already pay taxes for the upkeep of the parks and rec section. I would hate to see a parking garage go up right on the water front. If a garage was put up, it would be nice if it was more centralized on the key, or even off the key near Bee Ridge or the south bridge (and a trolley will take you to the beach). If there is a garage that cost, I would expect the FULL time residents to also be taking into consideration, possible a parking pass for that as well if a garage was to be put up somewhere.
01/27/2019 11:34 PM

I come to Siesta every Sunday to play drums at the drum circle, usually 2-3 hrs before sunset. I regularly use the concessions for food or Siesta village. the amount and size of my drums prohibit the use of any off site parking or shuttles. Most times it takes from 15 to 45 minutes to park even since the redesign of the parking lot. Several holidays my wife and I have turned around and returned to Venice after 1 hour of looking for a space to no availability. The option of paid parking is 1 reason I don't use Englewood Beach at all.
01/27/2019 11:08 PM

Charge for parking/beach access/trolleys. This beautiful place should NOT be free. Use the funds to keep the beach area clean and safe. Run the trolley from 41 to Siesta Key along with N/S Siesta routes. Do not allow rentals: golf carts, 3 wheelers or pedaled party vehicles on midnight pass, beach road, they clog up traffic. Time stop lights and bridge "up" to accommodate peak traffic times. Car/vehicle traffic should always take precedence over boat traffic especially during busy times. It seems like the opposite is true. Ridiculous. Yes, there are changes that need to be made to stop the awful traffic problems.
01/27/2019 9:29 PM

I have long believed no parking meters downtown, put them at the beach and have a discounted ½ day-4 hours, full day-8 hours, rate for those people who want to stay all day, otherwise hourly from sunrise to sunset. Growing up in North Miami Beach in the 70's, that is the way it was... A free shuttle from the mainland would be a good idea... And/or reasonable bus pass/fares... That's how I used to get to the beach growing up. Safer bike lanes too! Handicap would be exempted. Siesta residents would be too, with valid decals.
01/27/2019 8:43 PM

Disabled, I no longer even try to go to Siesta Beach because I am unable to walk from most of the parking lot. Just don't have lung/heart capacity plus I use a walker . What about valet parking, even if only 1 day a week? I think it would pay for it self.
01/27/2019 7:50 PM

25 year Siesta Key resident. The expansion of parking at Siesta Public beach, combined with SK Beach being named #1 has been an enormous HEADACHE ! Free parking after spending close to $25 million was/is SHORT SIGHTED. Upkeep costs will continue. A parking fee of $10 day per car is IMPERATIVE ! OK to load car as that reduces traffic!!! Carpooling /shuttle riding from an off-site location would be highly beneficial !! ( As in more people per vehicle, less vehicles.) It is RIDICULOUS for a trip to Publix from the public beach area take 45 minutes each way during Feb. and Mar. Some of you government officials should try living here and putting up with the traffic. You have ruined our ability to enjoy Siesta Key. Thank you Virginia Haley and the Commissioners for nothing.
01/27/2019 7:32 PM

There is never enough parking on Siesta Key. You have to track down someone leaving the beach and stalk them to their car. It’s stressful. Sometimes people sell parking spaces and then you end up paying like $20 to go to the beach. It need more parking.
01/27/2019 7:00 PM

Traffic in season is heavy, otherwise ok. Parking is plentiful, but impossible for special events.
01/27/2019 6:41 PM

I support paid parking, however, locals who live in Sarasota County (if proof is provided ex: drivers license or utility bill) should receive a free annual pass.
01/27/2019 3:50 PM

For permanent residents this is a slap in the face. We - on Siesta Key - pay already extremely high property taxes - these funded the parking that we are now supposed to pay for. My thoughts: a.) charge for parking b.) use the money to pay for roads / maintenance c.) lower property taxes by said amounts d.) do not use the parking fees for unrelated funding. e.) most importantly: Siesta Residents should get a free parking pass for all beach access.
01/27/2019 1:54 PM

Siesta key is an awesome place for families and visitors alike. It needs to have free parking still. It's a treasure and people love it.Traffic can be a problem sometimes but if you go early it's usually ok. Maybe get more trolleys and other parking lots nearby.
01/27/2019 12:50 PM

Should the paid parking initiative be implemented, full time residents should be offered the option of purchasing an annual pass at a reduced rate.
01/27/2019 12:12 PM

I’m against charging for beach parking—especially for property owners in Sarasota. I’m also against allowing people running their business on the beach and holding classes on the beach for “donations”.
01/27/2019 11:27 AM

During the season, it's complete chaos. Long waits to get on and off the Key. A free-for-all at the traffic "circle" in the village...4 lines of cars and pedestrians entering from any direction at any time. This is a real safety issue...and difficult for a driver to navigate. Any quick errand to Morton's is now complicated by shuttle riders milling around the entrances. Has County govt considered Key residents' quality of life? We seem to take backseat to landlord & merchant profits, and tourist considerations. Do NOT create more parking...it will only add to increased congestion. Charge ALOT for all Key existing parking. Issue TIGHTLY controlled resident parking permits. Continue with regular shuttle service. Find a better dropoff point. Do your jobs! Think residents!
01/27/2019 9:37 AM

traffic from Stickney Point/US 41 needs alleviating. Bridge every 30 mins vs. every 20 mins has not solved that problem. Pedestrian/bicycle overpass at midnight pass and stickney point, albeit expensive no doubt, should be considered
01/27/2019 8:51 AM

I live next to the public beach and life has become a nightmare Jan, Feb., and Mar. since the parking lot was expanded and the beach named #1. I HATE IT!!! The only sensible thing to do is to start charging for parking as does every other city/town in the country. It is plain stupid not to charge people to park. We are going to be losing money by the bucket fulls when it is time to repair/repave the parking lot if we don't start charging money for the use of it NOW. I know this may sound like a lot, but my suggestion is $10 a car. Whether it is a car of 1 or 2 or a car of 6 or 8, a fee of $10 for the whole day is NOT exorbitant!! It is what the church nearby charges. The business next door charges $20. SK residents should be free. ( We subsidize the county coffers.)
01/27/2019 8:12 AM

Provide a free parking lot for Sarasota County property owners and have paid parking for everyone else. Encourage hotels to provide free shuttle service by offering a tax rebate. Provide more SCAT bus routes. Offer shuttle from Gulf Gate Mall parking lot.
01/27/2019 7:57 AM

Too much traffic on holidays and in season. Hard to find parking in the village. Trolly has been a great addition. Main beach parking usually full.
01/26/2019 9:36 PM 

During season the traffic is often at a standstill. Parking meters may help aliviate some of the traffic by having people car pool or use public transportation. It will also add resources to half pay for additional sheriffs to cut down on the large scale underage drinking and drugs
01/26/2019 8:40 PM

I purchased my condo in Sarasota because of the beautiful and FREE parking at the beaches. We travelled to numerous places around Florida, but felt so very frustrated bec ause we had to purchase tickets to park while going to the beach. One main reason for my purchase was that the beaches were free. I really feel that charging for parking will deter people from going to the beaches, tourism will fall, thus loosing money for the community. If you start charging, believe me, I will definitely not attend out of principle. I'm only 1 with many family members visiting us here, but if others feel like I do, the community will loose.
01/26/2019 7:07 PM

I so love Sarasota County for all it's beautiful parks. I love the beach and play tennis and am constantly amazed at the many facilities available to Sarasota County residents. It would be rude to have paid parking and/or fees for the people of Sarasota County whom have already paid for these facilities with taxes. Thank you, Karen Hillelson
01/26/2019 6:21 PM

If you really cared about traffic and parking related to Siesta Key you would not have let Benderson add to the south Key traffic woes. This surgery is hypocracy at its worst. We saw how you all ignored the residents concerns. Tolls and parking fees are not the answer. Off key parking with trolleys for non-Key residents is about the only feasible option.
01/26/2019 5:30 PM

please do NOT make it paying parking! it is one of the only family free activities available, and we pay taxes here!!!! If paying is decided, please consider stickers for FULL time residents! Thank you
01/26/2019 2:46 PM

Residents should receive a pass and be able to park for free.
01/26/2019 1:52 PM

It is a nightmare in season. The parking at Siesta Key Beach is not sufficient to accomadate all the visitors plus locals. From stickney point bridge to actually parking it took me one hour and thirty minutes just this past December on a weekend. And people are not very friendly while "hunting" for parking spots at the beach. I witnessed several verbal altercations and disputes that day in the parking lot. The shuttle service takes too long if you park elsewhere so it's a free for all. Off season it isnt nearly as bad.
01/26/2019 11:09 AM

Obviously there is not enough parking. We live behind the village and on a busy day there are cars circling our street. I thought an off site, off Siesta parking structure or lot with regular shuttles to the beach would be the most feasible. (Now with the enormous Benderson project ok’ed the parking problems will be tremendous)
01/26/2019 11:07 AM

I live on the key and often kite at various spots on Siesta Key depending on the wind. Paid parking would be quite an imposition for me given how often I frequent the beach. I also worry that paid parking would prioritize tourists over local residents. I hate to generalize, and I think tourism is a good thing, but tourist often don't have the same respect and care for the beach as I've seen with local residents. I think imposing fees on locals might indirectly decrease overall care for our beaches.
01/26/2019 11:07 AM

At some point, I believe the county should designate an area outside the Key for parking and trolly beachgoers or Key's visitors onto the Key. I live less than one mile away and I park near Access 12. I can still find parking but I more worried about the quality of water, the trash on the beach, and the disposition of some the people trying to park in the newly expanded parking area. I rarely go to the Public Beach area, I much prefer 7,8,9 and 12 accesses. I hope this has helped, but parking won't matter at all, if we don't clean up the water. Ban lawn chemicals throughout Sarasota and everywhere for that matter. Thank you.
01/26/2019 10:37 AM

The traffic and parking is terrible. However I don’t feel that there needs to be meters on siesta... there needs to be a free parking garage! My family has been here since the 70’s and we full time residents. We deserve to enjoy our town without being nickel and dimed for everything... we pay our taxes and own our homes, commercial buildings and businesses!
01/26/2019 10:28 AM

I live on the Key and work in the village. You want people to come here, but there is not adequate parking, NO public restrooms for shoppers to use (only at the public beach), and driving is a nightmare. I see a lot of disrespect regarding our nature with people trashing the beach, chasing & feeding birds, not to mention the vacationers thinking it's alright to play their music louder than what's allowed in the village all day & night. Let them pay to park, like we have to do anywhere else we go. I try not to have to leave the island anymore than absolutely necessary because driving on & off the island is such a nightmare.
01/26/2019 10:21 AM 

I still work and have to commute on and off the key. The traffic is only getting worse. It's backed up in both directions to go over the south bridge. After sunset it takes at least 2 hours for the traffic to clear in front of Beach. I never was a big fan of paid parking at Siesta Beach but I believe it's time. We also need to find some way to shuttle these people that want to go to the Beach on from the mainland.
01/26/2019 5:28 AM

Traffic is nasty on Midnight Pass. There are some days you have to wait just to get out of your complex. Parking is another issue. In some cases traffic and parking could be handled, if the beachfront properties let you go thru there complex to hit the beach. But, no you have to take the care, and try to find a parking space. Another impossibility.
01/25/2019 11:10 PM

It’s an outrageous situation! Completely out of control focus on quantity of tourists over quality of life for taxpayers. We don’t want to become Daytona or ft Lauderdale or Naples . STOP!!! Add parking cheap shell, simple parking and forget charging for it. Use our tax dollars more wisely to protect and enhance the natural resources.
01/25/2019 9:42 PM

Charge for parking!!!! Lived here my entire life. I’ve known what to expect in regards to the parking issues at Siesta Beach Park. $20/day of parking at a #1 beach is very reasonable and if someone decides they don’t want to pay for parking they can trolley, bus, bike, or Uber in.
01/25/2019 8:47 PM

Paid parking should be on weekends and holiday periods. There is too much trash and traffic
01/25/2019 8:35 PM

Our family visits for two weeks in the summer and stay at the crystal sands. We visit the village daily when we are there. Parking is generally not a problem. There are times in the evening it is difficult to find parking and it takes a few extra minutes. Free shuttle might help in the village but honestly I think with more parking brings more people and that changes the entire atmosphere of the small village. Be satisfied with the number of people Siesta key can accommodate and then make it easier for those staying on the island to get around with more shuttle and free rides. Don’t try to become Ft. Myers. More parking brings more people and brings more problems. Embrace the small village feel. It would help to improve safety along midnight pass with improved sidewalks.
01/25/2019 7:37 PM 

Please, please find a way to stop the Benderson project at Stickney Point & 41. During season I often sit through 3-4 light cycles to make this turn to get to Siesta Beach coming from the south. I can’t imagine the deadlock that will occur with the density & corresponding traffic from this project. As much as I love Siesta Beach, I will be going to Venice or Nokomis Beach instead of fighting the traffic to even get to the island. Lack of beach parking is terrible! Why can’t a parking garage be built to increase the parking? Height restrictions could be waived for something that would help alleviate the parking situation so our time could be spent enjoying the beach rather than becoming frustrated by not being able to find a parking space! Metered parking will not stop the parking problem.
01/25/2019 7:17 PM

The traffic is marginally bearable, but the parking situation at peak times is terrible. Since I must drive from Venice, I cannot avoid the need to park. I would be opposed to the idea of paid parking, or to having to add another sticker to my windshield. Would it be possible to add a substantial number of parking spaces, perhaps near the south restrooms? Failing that, how about operating a shuttle bus from a remote parking site during peak times (and of course continuing beyond peak times for the return trip)?
01/25/2019 5:46 PM

I think to ease congestion and overcrowding paid parking seems like the thing to do. I also think the money should go to keep the beach clean. On an added note smoking should be banned on the beach along with eating on the beach. The county spent a ton of money remodeling the pavilion and did a beautiful job, let's make use of it. I live in on the Jersey shore and people pay to park, pay to enter the beach and no food allowed on the beach. It works very well, it took some getting use to for many people but the end result worked. I am a condo owner on Siesta Key and spend a lot of time there, this is a gem let's not see it trampled on and trashed.
01/25/2019 5:37 PM

The County's first priority should be to reduce traffic onto Siesta with off-key parking and shuttle service. I doubt that paid parking will reduce traffic onto the key. Sadly, the unintended consequence will likely be that those with less discretionary funds will be able to to enjoy the "public beach" less frequently.
01/25/2019 5:22 PM

Local residents would need to be given a annual parking pass free of charge
01/25/2019 4:50 PM 

Having been a resident for 50 years I have seen the traffic and parking situation become so intolerable that we don’t go there anymore. When we lived closer we would ride bikes but it seems like the only answer is remote parking with shuttles as you must reduce the traffic on the Key...it is gridlock during the season and weekends all year.
01/25/2019 4:37 PM

My ideas: build a tall parking structure at the beach to offer more spaces like the one at St. Armand's Circle; charge for parking but give full-time and maybe even part-time residents 3 hours of free parking; charge tourists by the hour or a max of $15 per day; offer expanded Trolley service from parking lots off the key.
01/25/2019 4:22 PM

I am against paid parking. I have been a tax paying Sarasota resident for 15 years and I am a 5th Generation Floridian and because of poor growth management and lack of infrastructure planning I can barely access the beach that my taxes pay for and now you want to charge my family for access to a public beach. This is not the solution. If you do this then residents should get free parking passes and you should place the burden on the visitors that are causing the congestion.
01/25/2019 4:21 PM

I am 2nd generation sarasota native and my in laws have lived on siesta key since the 80s. The traffics going on and coming off the key is horrendous during season. I live the new parking lot and facilities at the public beach but it continues to be nearly impossible to find a parking spot. Maybe timed parking spots for people coming just for an hour and others for the all dayers. Our piece of paradise is discovered.
01/25/2019 4:17 PM

Long lines of traffic trying to get across bridges. Felt parking was better at beach with improvements but that was short lived. Area keeps getting more people. I realize this is part of life and unavoidable.
01/25/2019 3:50 PM

During season and the summer it is too congested. I am a property owner who rents and I advertise the SK Breeze Trolley which I use myself. I think there should be Paid parking at SK and residents can buy a pass. This may encourage people to carpool.
01/25/2019 2:18 PM

There are too many cars on siesta key. If traffic is not managed the main roads will become like parking lots. Find ways to move people on/off the key other than personal vehicles.
01/25/2019 2:09 PM

Parking on Siesta will be an issue until the money is spent to make it no longer an issue. Both the village and the beach need larger (multi-story (no more than 3 stories)) public parking garages.
01/25/2019 1:19 PM

I work on Siesta Key and traffic is terrible. South of the Stickney Point Bridge cars continue to speed with no consideration for walkers.
01/25/2019 12:58 PM

I live on the very south end of the Key and worry that some day my family will not be able to get an emergency vehicle to or from our home. I sometimes think someone may die in a traffic tie up. I think the Public Beach project from a few years ago (more parking) made the area much less charming and seems to tie up traffic even more. I think the Benderson project is a horrible idea. I have see pedestrians almost hit by cars at the intersection of 41 and Stickney Point Road. The Benderson project will just intensify the risk...to pedestrians, bike riders and those needing emergency response.
01/25/2019 12:57 PM

We have learned when the good times to venture out in a car are. Traffic is terrible at times coming over both bridges, both ways. I fear the planned construction at Stickney/41 is going to make that area impossible to traverse. As far as beach parking, there should probably be a parking garage nearby. The extra lots have helped, but sometimes are still not enough. If parking fees are in the future, I think Siesta residents should get a sticker for free or reduced parking.
01/25/2019 12:42 PM

We don't go down to the village anymore because of traffic and parking. Sometimes getting on and off the key is unbearable and we feel trapped.....not wanting to leave because don't want to have to deal with coming back home
01/25/2019 12:41 PM

Unless you get there at 7 am you might as well forget it - no parking ever - has gotten urban and ugly
01/25/2019 12:40 PM

Getting onand off the Stickney Point bridge is ridiculous. Parking at beach is always full unless your there by 10am. The intersection at 41 is unsafe you need to have required park and ride
01/25/2019 12:31 PM

With only a 2 lane road on the Key it can only accommodate so many vehicles so creating more parking is not the answer. A number of Trolley circulators with reasonable headway (10-15 minutes) from the mainland and throughout the key would increase capacity and reduce the number of cars. I'm against paid parking!
01/25/2019 12:25 PM

I visit during the off season and intentionally avoid the February thru April period because my unit is rented. Consequently, I enjoy reduced traffic and parking problems. Because the worst congestion occurs only 25% of the year, I suggest that money spent be limited to what makes sense for the other 75% of the year. No amount of money will allleviate the 25% problem.
01/25/2019 12:23 PM

During the season, it's impossible. Why would county government agree to anything that would escalate the traffic situation without any plans to offer relief. Never go to Siesta beach because of parking.
01/25/2019 12:14 PM

Fire our 4 purchased commissioners and tell Randy Benderson he can either use his lot at 41 & Stickney point as zoned when purchased, or he can sell it to Sarasota County for use as a parking lot and shuttle bus stop.
01/25/2019 12:09 PM

The SK traffic has become much worse in recent years without any action by government to improve infrastructure or systems to accommodate it. The commissioners are derelict in their duty in this regard and any further development on or near the key should not be allowed until big improvements are made. NO additional parking is needed on the key, in fact less parking would be preferred as it might reduce traffic. What is needed is convenient off-key parking and trolley/bus service on to the key. This should be a part of the Benderson development or concurrent development. Eminent domain, if required, should be employed to acquire property for such a parking/transit facility.
01/25/2019 11:16 AM

Full time residents should have a pass. I have lived here since 1970 and it is becoming more and more apparent that Sarasota is geared toward tourism and has forgotten about those of us who have lived here for years.
01/25/2019 10:22 AM

Traffic and parking is heavy during season. Tax payers should benefit from free parking
01/25/2019 6:40 AM

It's easy for people to drive to park as there is No incentive, to find alternatives! Paid Parking, may slow some down. Utilizing larger parking lots on the mainland/combined with SCAT Vans for FREE, should help. If nothing else but to off set using free SCAT vans, due to those who choose to pay for parking. Both should reduce traffic flow at key times during the day. The best idea I had was crushed with the proposed development od the Northwest corner of Route 41at Stickney point Rd. there a 4-5 level parking garage which would include SCAT to the Island. Thank you for the opportunity to share!
01/24/2019 10:00 PM

Traffic is getting worse and worse. Parking is impossible, especially in the Village. The trolley is a good start, but if you have to wait 25 mins. for a ride it’s not going to be used as much. Need a parking structure somewhere near the Village, I’m afraid.
01/24/2019 9:23 PM

It’s time to start charging. Perhaps taxpayers can BUY an annual pass.
01/24/2019 3:10 PM

It's obvious there is not enough parking available for people using the beach or even in the Village where I live. And the trolley is a wonderful asset. However, as a new Sarasota County resident who pays plenty in property taxes, if beach access parking becomes fee based, I feel strongly I (and all Sarasota County residents) should have an annual free pass and all others outside of our county should pay.
01/24/2019 2:49 PM

The problem is more about over-development than it is about parking and traffic. Local developers, and by that I mean the County Commission, will not be satisfied until every square inch of greenspace is paved over and built upon. Exhibit A: The new residential housing to be built on the NW corner of 41 and Stickney Point. Where is that new traffic supposed to go at what is already one of the busiest intersections in the county? The commission is a joke, whose only function is to line the pockets of local developers.
01/24/2019 2:18 PM

Full time residents should not have to pay to park at the beach
01/24/2019 10:56 AM

I lived in a tourist town that instituted paid parking at the beaches which residents highly resented. However they did give annual free parking passes at the state park beaches. That worked well.
01/24/2019 9:08 AM

We pay taxes here already. The beach is the beach! If you're going to charge, let the tourists pay and give the residents a pass.
01/24/2019 9:07 AM

I am completely against charging residents for parking at public beaches and access points. If you want to charge tourists, go ahead, but residents should have the opportunity to obtain a free parking permit after showing proof of residency. That's how they do it in Canada. Tourists use our beaches maybe 2 weeks per year, we use them every week. Paying for parking every time we want to enjoy what we moved here to have access to is completely unfair.
01/24/2019 9:02 AM

Sarasota residents should be able to get a pass for free parking at all sarasota beaches at all times. Parking fees should only apply to visitors/tourists.
01/24/2019 12:10 AM

I am ok with paid parking for non and part time residents but not full-time residents.
01/23/2019 7:47 PM

I never understood why the didn’t make a second level to the parking when they did all the remodeling. It would add much needed parking during season and then in the summer it would provide, much appreciated, shaded parking.
01/23/2019 1:05 PM

I feel as though parking passes should be given when you register your car for both Lido and sista key. The parking pass will permit free parking, without the pass a small fee should be paid to park there. I believe that it should be proven that you are a resident for at least a year to be eligible to have a permit to park.
01/23/2019 10:58 AM

Drop off zone is great idea. Now take the car and park it away somewhere and provide a shuttle service back to the beach. Provide lockers for chairs and umbrellas and some bike parking so locals can bike to the beach. Also change huts would reduce washroom line ups. None of this is an issue if red tide continues.
01/22/2019 9:25 PM

Parking is not great at any time during the year because of the amount of people who go to siesta and the lack of parking for it. Traffic is ok but not during peak hours or on holidays.
01/22/2019 5:34 PM

We have been coming to Siesta Key for 10 years, generally staying 5 weeks in January/February. Parking in the village is always a nightmare so we are really enjoying the Siesta Key Breeze free shuttle. Not much can be done about the traffic but the Breeze certainly must help with the parking issue. We stay at Siesta Dunes.
01/22/2019 2:33 PM

Going over the bridge is terrible. Finding parking is even worse. Parking garage is needed.
01/22/2019 1:09 PM

I wish there was more parking near Point of Rocks. It is such a beautiful spot, but beach access 12 is so small and often has many illegally parked at the end which prevents leaving. No more developments should be put in the area. Traffic on all bridges to beaches is too much during season, making going to /leaving work an hour drive vs 12 minutes out of season.
01/22/2019 12:37 PM

I think that parking and traffic have gotten worse over the 20 years I've lived here. I also think that beach access and roads needs to remain owned by the county and maintained by the city and not sold/given to private companies. In my opinion there should be a system similar to beaches I've been to in the northeast where there's resident only parking lots and permits as well as anyone can use lots. I think charging a small daily fee for tourists and having a yearly fee for residents is ok and should be done. Something like $5 a day to park for tourists and $100 a year for a resident only parking lot.
01/22/2019 11:48 AM

Traffic during the season is horrendous. The parking lot seems to have been expanded but there is still not enough room for the number of daily visitors
01/22/2019 11:43 AM

Too much traffic .No problem with parking most of the time , occasionally in Village at dinner time, trolley does help.
01/22/2019 11:37 AM

Free for residents, small fee for tourists. Possible remote parking off the island with shuttle service.
01/22/2019 11:36 AM

You need to move to pay to park or pay to get on the island. $5-$10 / car is more than reasonable
01/22/2019 11:34 AM

I think paid parking on Siesta Key would be amazing! It would encourage beach go-ers to drink less, stay for less time (which means more turnover) and not camp in their spots on the key. There is already insufficient parking for the number of business on the key in additional to all of the rentals. We just need to be prepared for an influx of people at our other beaches for those who get mad at having to pay. Everywhere else you have to pay to use a public beach, only makes sense to adopt it here too. Help out the people that live here full time by allowing them spaces to park or annual passes or discounted rates, but paid parking is a great consideration! Thanks for brining it up.
01/22/2019 8:37 AM

To many islands and trees. There would be more spaces if less obstructions.
01/22/2019 7:49 AM

I lover the breeze! Very convenient and easy to use.
01/21/2019 1:35 PM 

Definitely need paid parking at SK public beach to encourage carpooling or trolley service..Maybe a discount for county residents..ER vehicles cannot navigate north and south bridges now without problems..We as residents of SK now have long waits to get on and off the key, especially during 'season'.It is only going to get worse, not better with increased population due to all the new condominiums going up!!
01/21/2019 10:44 AM

Traffic isn’t too bad but parking is a nightmare. I usually wait until season is over to go to the beach and I love the beach. I feel strictly there should be paid parking for visitors only whereas Sarasota county residents should NEVER pay for parking.
01/21/2019 8:46 AM

I am in favor of paid parking at Siesta Key public beach, even if you are a resident. It would help with congestion and raise revenues to maintain the beach area. I am not in favor of a toll to cross the bridges to access Siesta Key.
01/20/2019 7:51 PM

During the summer months finding parking was not an issue. However starting around November we can’t find parking. As a Sarasota resident (renting home) its so frustrating not to be able to find beach parking so we can have family time at the beach with our twins. We live only 5 miles away and can’t easily enjoy the area we live in. Need a better balance between resident and tourist/seasonal. The idea of buses and trollies for families with young children is not practical. Need a parking structure.
01/20/2019 11:05 AM

Leaving the island for anything becomes an ordeal Dec thru March. Long lines of traffic sometimes all the way to Tamiami. Extension of the sidewalks are needed to safely walk. Parking seems limited but I fear more parking will only worsen the traffic
01/20/2019 9:16 AM

New parking lot is terrible. Too many short sections. Don't go to beach because too crowded
01/20/2019 8:51 AM

More parking!!!
01/20/2019 8:36 AM 

Traffic and some interactions are dangerous during high season It takes me around 7min to get off island from either bridge either late at not or off season. During high season it can take up to 20min. The four way stop in the village at Avenida Messina and Ocean is extremely dangerous during busy season. I was surprised to see most drivers do not understand how a four way stop works then throw in tons of pedestrians, it is an accident waiting to happen. Siesta Key is doing a good job with the free trolley and the other free ride services, but we need more raised side walks to keep pedestrians safe.
01/20/2019 8:16 AM

There is insufficient traffic speed control on Midnight Pass road - 758 between Stickney Point bridge on the South and the 758 Beach Rd cutoff. When traffic volumes are not heavy, many vehicles appear to exceed the 35 mph speed limit for this stretch of road. Often drivers are going too fast to stop easily when pedestrians operate the crosswalks wishing to cross. There is also considerable bicycle traffic on this stretch of road and long stretches where the sidewalks are narrow with no curbs. I’d suggest reducing the speed limit to 25 mph on this road and have more speed limit postings and radar speed indicating signs on both the north and south bound to make drivers aware of the speed limit and their speed
01/19/2019 9:41 PM

Even since the new parking lot has been built on weekends, holidays, and in season, parking has been extremely frustrating. I am glad that more visitors are enjoying our beach, but it is frustrating to drive around the lot for literally an hour or more. I love that our parking lot is free and open to all, but I do wish there were more spaces.
01/19/2019 8:15 PM

Do not create a whole new government bureaucracy. No charges, no tolls for anyone.
01/19/2019 5:31 PM

The traffic and parking is ridiculous. I am in favour of paid parking for the Siesta Key Beach. I am grateful to live on the south end of the island where it is not so chaotic.
01/19/2019 3:23 PM

So busy often can't park and go elsewhere or home disappointed. Maybe daily passes that you can get online to get into a part of the parking area on a specific day and prepay for it. Maybe have a gated area with a scan machine.
01/19/2019 1:14 PM 

Public parking gets overloaded, even with the improvements. I support paid parking. Won't deter tourists to any great extent. Might help to keep our beach a bit less crowded and encourage those who appreciate and are more respectful of our environment. If you pay for something, you tend to be more appreciative. Revenue could go to any number or worthwhile projects. If possible, reduced fees for Siesta Key residents - part time or full time, as long as they are paying taxes. If SunPass could be incorporated that might be an efficiency. A pay system like the airport - you get a ticket and pay for time OR a pay-per-entry charge. I also support tolls on the 2 island bridges, combined with off-island parking and shuttle bus. Siesta will always be popular. A little financial shield is good.
01/19/2019 12:20 PM

Too busy and difficult to park. Don’t go.
01/19/2019 11:31 AM

NO paid parking for full-time Sarasotans!!!! Free Stickers for guaranteed spaces for full-time residents. I Have no idea why they took up so much parking space with palm trees and silly concrete chaise lounges when they did all that upgrading at Siesta!
01/19/2019 11:07 AM

How does Matt Osterhoudt intend to keep his all important vision of Sarasota County being a “Premier Community” if Planning and Development allows over building and over population until we are just another Tampa? Locals are SICK OF THE DEVELOPMENT but Sarasota County (despite pretending to care about citizen input) could not care less what it’s constituents want! STOP THE OUT OF CONTROL OVER DEVELOPMENT AND OVERPOPULATION NOW!!!!!
01/19/2019 10:47 AM

I feel that the traffic has increased exponentially since adding the additional parking lot. I no longer go to the main parking lot during season and when I do I park in the lot nearest the bridge so that I don’t have to drive on the key. The visits also need to be perfectly timed to minimize the stickney point traffic, which has become increasingly intolerable. I cannot imagine what the traffic situation will be once the Benderson developments begin.
01/19/2019 10:41 AM

Too many cars allowed on the Key during peak times. No parking and spend time, gas driving around. Maybe a toll, some type of monitor to count cars, or more shuttles from inland parking?
01/19/2019 10:37 AM

Parking is horrible. To cross the bridge during season is a two hour trip.
01/19/2019 10:09 AM

I avoid SK. It’s stressful to find parking where we want to go
01/19/2019 10:03 AM

I’ve lived here my whole life. I can’t get a parking spot in the summer it’s over run with tourists. How about we concentrate on red tide and cleaning up our water before we start charging to park. Also another wheel chair access would be great. That is extremely helpful to mamas with young children. It’s sad that we are raising our kids here but can’t get parking in the summer and can’t go now due to red tide.
01/19/2019 9:47 AM

should be charges but not for county taxpayers.
01/19/2019 9:28 AM

I moved here thinking I would go to my favorite beach at least once a week. I dread going there at all because of the traffic and lack of beach parking, even during the off season. Is there any way to publish times when lots of parking is available?
01/19/2019 9:26 AM

We have learned to leave the island early for any type of shopping. We live across from fitness center and have gotten used to cars constantly roaming our quiet residential streets looking for parking once the public lots fill up. We have started collecting donations to srqvets.org for folks to park inour other driveway. Win win
01/19/2019 9:25 AM

It is absurd, but paid parking won't solve problems at all. Must find alternative parking and transport. Especially opposed to Key residents getting free parking. We all pay taxes.
01/19/2019 9:06 AM

I never get a spot, ever. I've stopped going to the beach. Literally the only reason to stay in Sarasota? I don't have one now. This place is too over-developed, and now the locals will take on ALL the suffering.
01/19/2019 9:04 AM

Parking is a nightmare. I have attempted a visit to siesta key on a few occasions only to have to leave & go elsewhere because there was literally no parking.
01/19/2019 9:03 AM

Luckily we can walk to the beach from our house, but parking for visitors is very difficulty. There is also too much traffic in and out of the village with people speeding though in the late evenings.
01/18/2019 2:29 PM

Traffic: Forget about it! Unless you add more lanes (impossible) maybe make the intersection at Beach Rd/Midnight Pass a roundabout? And the Promenade development is the worst idea if you're worried about traffic!!! Parking? Where, the beach or the village? Beach: Parking garage. Village? Parking garage (paid, except for full time residents).
01/18/2019 1:43 PM

Enough with the paid parking! Keep it free! Don't give people a reason to go elsewhere!
01/18/2019 1:36 PM

Everyone should be able to enjoy the beach and not have to pay for parking. Having to pay for parking could exclude a large population from enjoying the beach. Traffic is slow at times, but that is to be expected, traffic is also slow in town at times. I have never had an issue with parking, but if I did I would consider other alternatives such as taking the bus.
01/18/2019 8:51 AM

Traffic onto Siesta Key on Stickney Point Rd becomes a real problem in season especially when the bridge opens. I’ve had to sit at the traffic light at Rt 41 & Stickney Point Rd waiiting for traffic to clear.
01/18/2019 8:36 AM

1. Round-abouts may be useful at the village intersections to keep traffic moving. Also at Midnight Pass and Beach Road intersection. Can the north bound traffic turning from Midnight Pass have a longer merge lane? 2. Parking in the village: Can there be off-key parking with reliable and convenient shuttle transportation for people that work in the village? Perhaps with a kick-back to the workers that use it in the form of vouchers. 3. Getting on/off key during season is biggest headache. Again a convenient/reliable shuttle from an off-key lot would be helpful. And it should be FREE PARKING so people chose to use this vs. paying $20 to park at the church.
01/18/2019 5:58 AM

Difficult to park in the village. Some businesses closed should share parking with others opened.
01/17/2019 9:35 PM

There are lots on Stickney that could be purchased to provide many additional spots to park. Meters are ugly not in favor of them. What are suggested soliutions?
01/17/2019 5:44 PM

Parking is unavailable after 10 am. Too many people , not enough parking. I do agree to pay to park , but how would it be done? What would it cost? Where would the money from that go to?
01/17/2019 5:29 PM

I believe that everyone should pay for parking but residents would pay a lower rate than non-residents and tourists. The fee could be managed by utilizing plate-kiosk technology.
01/17/2019 5:23 PM 

It is often long lines to enter Siesta Key. I am afraid traffic will only get worse as Siesta Key beach have got more attention lately, voted the number 1 beach in USA. My suggestions to decrease the traffic on Siesta Key is: * Rent out bikes for free or at very low price at popular sites on Siesta Key and downtown Sarasota. Something like Orlando has; https://www.bikeshare.com/bike-shares/juice-bike-share/ * Make Siesta Key more bike-friendly with more and safer biking paths * More buses to/from and on the key, maybe with a little extra storage for beach gear * Introduce parking fee in Siesta key village and at the beach * Make parking off the Island with shuttles to/from Siesta Key Hope you found this helpful, Thank you for listening to the inhabitants. Sincerely, Linda Klasson
01/17/2019 4:49 PM

I strongly support charging for parking in Sarasota and on Siesta Key. People should pay for the places they use to support the care of it. We live on Siesta Key 6 months a year and in Ann Arbor, Michigan 6 months a year. Ann Arbor charges for most downtown parking and it does not discourage patrons from visiting. The lots are always full and the money helps support the care of the premises. Perhaps a shuttle from an out lot might be an option to Siesta Key Beach? This could help with the endless lines on over the bridge and prevent disappointment once the parking lot is full.
01/17/2019 4:41 PM

First-I strongly recommend a fee for [parking on Siesta Beach and, probably, on Turtle Beach. This fee should be for everyone, whether they live in Sarasota or Siesta Key. It will encourage more people to use the trolley or SCAT bus. Second- Encourage more traffic from Sarasota to use the north bridge. Thank you for the opportunity to provide input.
01/17/2019 3:06 PM

I have lived on the Key for 38 years. When I moved to Sarasota County, the population was 200,000. It is now around 400,000. I live in the Village area and I have had the same position in Venice for over 36 years, so I am on the South Bridge twice a day during the work week and of course, sometimes on the weekend. I would welcome paid parking at the Public Beaches and anything else that can help alleviate the horrible traffic. I have to go by Siesta Beach twice a day as I noted. It just keeps getting worse. Sometimes coming home I drive to the North bridge just to get back onto the Key. My 25 minutes commute to travel 17 miles takes over twice as long. Paid parking and even paying to go over the bridge are some solutions. Of course residents should have passes for both. Thanks
01/17/2019 1:28 PM

I think paid parking is a great idea, with annual discounts for residents of Siesta Key. That should help alleviate some of the 'saved' parking spots we experience during season. Paid parking is already in place for those who choose to park at St Boniface Church and walk or shuttle to the beach. Off-site parking with a shuttle service is another great idea.
01/17/2019 11:29 AM

It is an absolute nightmare on weekends and holidays, especially during season. The county's approval of the Benderson monstrosity at 41 and Stickney Point, despite the objections of most area residents, will made a horrible situation completely unbearable. I will likely be forced to avoid the area completely.
01/17/2019 8:44 AM

Have stopped going to the beach. While the parking lots are big, it can be impossible at times to find parking.
01/17/2019 8:19 AM 

I absolutely love the trolley! I use it any time i go to the village. Would it be feasible for the Siesta Key residents to have a parking pass for at least the public beach? We do pay a LOT of taxes. Is it possible to build a parking garage in the village, that you would pay to park. Have no clue what to do about the crowd on the south bridge
01/17/2019 8:02 AM

Free beach parking! Free parking for all! The visitors don't need to be nickeled and dimed here. Thank you!
01/16/2019 10:58 PM

Traffic gets very packed, bird scooters would help
01/16/2019 9:20 PM

Dr Beach will NEVER give #1 with paid parking. Paid parking would hurts the single moms, when Lido’s day visitors (from their 2,000 added rooms) can afford it. i.e. still vehicles. When at peak season.. SK has enough of everything for our SK guests/residences -not with City’s day visitors intensity = SK needs to be less friendly during peak times as congestion has become unsafe. (stop City from baking their neighborhoods nightly.. MUST build on quality ADR over quantity). Intensity during peak times hurts restaurants during slow times…If about “$”… Optional Valet would be a value add +no startup costs +generate more $ than metered. The day visitors are killing our ADR and QUALITY! Wouldn’t it be best to alert at bridge “Full Capacity” before anyone wastes their day
01/16/2019 5:52 PM

We totally avoid it during season even though it’s he closest beach. Discourage the use of cars for non-residents that only want to go to the beach and restaurants. A ferry station and Ferry service would be nice - there is a new company SolarboatFL.com that has fully electric catamarans that show our area is very eco friendly and the catamarans appear to be low maintenance zero emission. County residents should not be charged parking, non county resident should be charged parking, perhaps with the sale of a daily/weekly pass at low cost but enough to generate profit
01/16/2019 5:15 PM

Totally opposed to paid parking on Siesta key.
01/16/2019 5:03 PM

I believe it is appropriate for there to be a parking fee for the beach. When we lived in a coastal CT town with a desirable beach the fee process was: full time owners and renters could buy an annual sticker for a fee and non residents payed a daily rate. This was fair to tax payers who actually paid for the beach maintenance thru taxes and still provided for visitors. Some version of this plan would be appropriate here.
01/16/2019 4:48 PM

Promenade approval was ludicrous. Congestion on 41 and Stickney point in season is atrocious. What does it matter what the residents think or want, the uncaring commissioners will do what they want and the bidding of developers. You are becoming like every other place, charge the visitors, just like the Beatles song “ Tax Man”, what’s next? My tax dollars support the beach now, so if our illustrious representatives want more money to waste on trivial matters, give me a break at least allow me to park for free.
01/16/2019 4:47 PM

Too many cars for the spaces available. Visitors are very frustrated driving around looking for a place to park. As a resident I have to be very careful of tourists, who often don’t pay attention to traffic. During season, the island is full, at least with vehicles. The proposed developments on Stickney Point road are very concerning.
01/16/2019 4:24 PM

Significantly more parking is needed. More hotels should have shuttles to the beach. Consider valet to add revenue. More street parking could be added on the road.
01/16/2019 4:08 PM

It’s really hard to find a spot to park most weekends all year round. I really wish their was more parking and a place for tax-paying residents to park.
01/16/2019 3:44 PM

We have owned on Siesta Key for 30 years The traffic is AWFUL. Parking is AWFUL. south We can not have a big cond leading into the CAN HARDLY CROSS THE STREET EVEN WITH THE LIGHTS DRIVERS IGNORE THE LIGHTS Need more police to monitor We should not have any more traffic on South bridge Already backed up and it's not even spring break
01/16/2019 3:39 PM

I’ve attempted to go to the Siesta Key beach twice....both times I sat in unbelievable traffic to get there and once there, I couldn’t find a parking place. All I could do was circle the lot and finally leave. I drove to Coquina Beach instead where I parked under some shade trees literally right next to the beach. I will never return to Siesta Key again unless I hear the problems are fixed. You seriously need a parking garage in the current parking lot. I have no idea how to fix access to the Key, though....it’s a mess.
01/16/2019 3:11 PM

The drop off points at the beach parking lot are not used because of the distance from the pavilion. More signage and enforcement would help the resulting congestion. Motorcycle parking is pretty limited. I suggest better light timing at the bottle neck at Siesta Drive and Osprey to help people get off on and the island
01/16/2019 2:57 PM

I would be in agreement to charge for parking (same as the churches in the area) and encourage trolley transport from somewhere off island.
01/16/2019 2:57 PM

Parking is not a problem in the morning but can back up on holiday afternoons. The public transportation to the beach is horrible. I live on Clark past the 75 and I would take a bus from Twin Lakes park but there is no way to do that. I would take a bus from Rothenbach park but there is no way to do that. I do not think parking should be paid. I think ways to get to the beach with paid public transportation should be expanded for residents throughout the county.
01/16/2019 2:43 PM

If you want to just go to the beach and enjoy the warm sun, good luck because you won't find a parking space unless you go early morning or late date. Even then, it is pure luck that there will be a parking space to be had.
01/16/2019 1:27 PM

We moved to Sarasota for the beauty it has to offer and our beach, Siesta Key. We as are homeowners and value some of the ways our very high taxes pay forthingz but there is absolutely no way you should charge for parking at our beach! Charge the visitors.
01/16/2019 1:20 PM

I think paid park would be a good revenue source for our County. Any plate from Sarasota County that is not a rental car should receive Free parking in my opinion. We will collect enough income from the tourists. I think the best solution for trafic solutions is to provide public transportation and a lot OFF the Island that will have a shuttle to the public beach accesses. The trolley and free ride systems have significantly improved the traffic on the island. I have been a resident for 15 years and see a great improvement just since you put the Trolley alone. Expanding on that concept off the South Bridge would be the way to solve the problem so all those cars aren't all trying to come on the island. There would have to be room or accommodations so people can lug their stuff.
01/16/2019 1:16 PM 

We have been full-time residents and property owners on Siesta key for 40 years. My husband's family urchased property in the early 50s. it's hard to even describe the differences having lived here full-time. PLEASE PLEASE charge for parking on the beach. This money can be used to help keep the beaches clean. It is a shame how people misuse our area and everything we have here. As far as traffic it is such a nightmare you have to experience it yourself. Every time we want to go off the South Bridge we have to turn around and go off the North Bridge , not much better I think we have maximized the number of people that can enjoy this area. I don't think we can squeeze any more cars or people on the island. We have reached the tipping point. this problem will drive everyone away
01/16/2019 12:54 PM

I believe that paid parking at siesta beach will go a long way in relieving traffic congestion, specially in the winter months.
01/16/2019 12:35 PM

We live in the Anchorage. Pedestrian crossing is terrifying when crossing Stickney Point at Midnight Pass because of the encroachment of traffic, when pedestrians clearly have the walk signal. When crossing Stickney Point on the South East corner, traffic constantly violates the no turn on red when pedestrians are present (on either corner). Further when crossing that same corner to the beach, when traffic is turning to cross the bridge on our right as pedestrians, some traffic will automatically come through the light thinking they also have the right of way--frightening. A solution would be to place cameras at that intersection and give tickets. A great way to get the attention of drivers not respecting pedestrians and increase revenue for the county.
01/16/2019 12:25 PM

Traffic across Stickney Point bridge is already terrible. Please do NOT allow Benderson to build on the corner of the Trail and Stickney. That area would be a great place for a parking garage where cars could be left and visitors could be taken to the beaches on a bus.
01/16/2019 12:22 PM

My family owns/rents our condo on Beach Road and Avenida Messina. I am acutely aware of the ongoing discussions/controversy about reopening Beach Road. This comment is not about that. Rather, it is about the ever increasing traffic, public intoxication and general disruptive behaviors taking place. Sunset Point and the beach used to be a place of tranquility and gathering at the beach and especially at sunset. This has changed dramatically. Vandalism, trespassing, drunkenness, etc. are more the norm. Residents and renters cannot drive onto Beach Road to their condos because of unauthorized parked cars in the street and driveways. Frankly, Sarasota Police effectively turn a blind eye to this when called. It is a disgrace and the situation is getting worse.
01/16/2019 11:58 AM 

I live on the key and the traffic is horrific especially during season. The beach parking is full by 9:30am and then they try to park in residential areas! Charge for parking! Great revenue stream .. not sure if it will curtail traffic or parking. How about a shuttle from off the key for people to take to the beach? There is a trolley going up and down the key.. expand/fund a beach shuttle from one of the parking areas off the key. Have tax paying residents have a parking permit .. It's really sad what is happening to our beautiful key. No thought or control of people or cars.. what will it be like in the future.. a nightmare.
01/16/2019 11:54 AM

I do NOT want to pay for parking!
01/16/2019 6:06 AM

Traffic on Stickney Point Rd. to Siesta Key has increased over the 3 years I have lived in Sarasota County. In December it took 30 minutes to get from Gulf Gate Drive to Siesta Key beach. Once at the beach I had to drive around for 10 minutes before a parking space opened up. We have increased traffic and difficulty parking as a result of increases in population. Perhaps we could issue a parking sticker for residents of the county for the beach parking and scale down the Benderson project that will only add to traffic snarls.
01/15/2019 7:31 PM

Gridlock! Stay Away! Avoid Tamiami Trail and Clark Road(whatever it's called). Parking at Siesta Key beach has gone Lord of the Flies. People scalping , reserving , holding , fighting , damaging cars , all over a parking space at a free HEAVILY advertised public beach. The situation is not complicated , though many pretend it is. Same exact thing has happened and is now happening all over America , other countries also. Condos for rent on beach. Revenue from condos pays for TV commercial in Ohio and Arcadia luring people to Siesta Key beach. What percentage of visitors come strictly for the free public beach? Stop pimping the beach!01/15/2019 4:33 PM

We often cannot find parking when coming to the beach. As a local we don't want to feel that we have to rush first thing in the morning just to get a spot in the lot. We have left without going to the beach due to not having a place to park. We need more spaces
01/15/2019 10:56 AM

The village is practically pointless for residents to visit at most popular times during season. Permitted parking needs priority
01/15/2019 2:46 AM

Give locals a sticker each time we renew our registration that provides free parking. Everyone else pays to park to cover costs of maintaining the beach.
01/14/2019 9:48 PM

Traffic is typical of a tourist destination so is parking. However charging a toll like the one for Sannibel isn’t possible so I strongly encourage an hourly parking fee with 2 hour minimum. $5 per hour in season and $3 per hour off season (summer and early fall).
01/14/2019 7:50 PM

I have been a full time resident of Siesta Key since 1991. Traffic in season has become an absolute nightmare. It can take 30 minutes to get from the intersection of 41 and Stickney Point Rd. to the bottom of the South Bridge. Before approving the Benderson project at one of the busiest intersections in the county the commissioners should have insisted on a parking garage for beachgoers. The garage could then be serviced by the Trolleys and buses. I am not a fan of paid parking. It robs young families of an amenity that should be available to them for free if they are full time residents. I came from a beachfront community up north. The town issued seasonal parking stickers to residents for a very nominal cost, thereby avoiding exclusion of lower income residents.
01/14/2019 7:44 PM

I think the parking should remain free. I love the fact that Sarasota doesn't charge for parking at its beaches.
01/14/2019 5:02 PM

Unless you get their early, forget it. But not sure about charging for parking..Those of us retired may not come to the beach.
01/14/2019 4:46 PM

Paid parking would be a definite improvement! Encouraging people to walk bicycle or carpool would improve traffic! You have to pay to go to the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Naples, Marco Island... Why not on siesta key?
01/14/2019 3:53 PM

I think up near the stores needs more free parking.Also the parking is an extremely long walk from the water
01/14/2019 3:25 PM

Residents should not have to pay for parking or for entry onto the key. Residents of all income brackets have a right to use our beaches. I support a free trolley service.
01/14/2019 2:53 PM

I fully believe that the city of Sarasota does not have any regard whatsoever for the residents and regulars of the area. They continue to build with abandon, parking lots (Siesta Key) and high rises, (downtown). All they can see is the revenue for their coffers.
01/14/2019 11:57 AM

Great idea!
01/14/2019 11:33 AM

NO PARKING METERS!!
01/14/2019 10:32 AM

No to paying for parking and no to downtown also.
01/14/2019 10:17 AM

too much traffic during season from public beach south to Stickney Point bridge
01/14/2019 10:13 AM

As a Sarasota county resident for more then 25 years I oppose paid Parking at Siesta key beach.
01/14/2019 9:52 AM

Siesta Key beach needs parking for RESIDENTS. Look at Naples instead of reinventing the wheel. Residents pay for an annual pass and get PREFERRED parking. It is a system that has worked for 20 years. The current system aimed at tourists produces little, if any, additional revenue. What you have now is people driving here, parking for free, bringing their own food and drink, and leaving there trash on the beach. As a regular beach litter collector, the trash tells the tale. I find tags off of Walmart products routinely, sandwich bags, plastic cigar tips, etc. Start charging them to park - not to mention ticketing polluters. They are NOT generating revenue.
01/14/2019 9:38 AM

I live within Sarasota City limits. NO paid parking!
01/14/2019 9:34 AM

Traffic has gotten progressively worse, especially during the season. The trolley system does not seem to have helped, in fact the frequent stopping on Midnight Pass Rd. seems to have made traffic congestion worse.
01/14/2019 9:30 AM

It’s challenging at times but I adjust my expectations knowing the Siesta is highly advertised and promoted so I accept the situation. Do NOT charge for Parking....I’ve lived here since 1980..it’s a Public Park and I work in the public sector earning a modest salary so I use the beach since I can’t afford state parks or theme parks do not charge for parking
01/13/2019 5:07 PM

Draw bridges and lights are not timed to work together. Once bridge is up you sit at a red light or lights turn green and cycle when bridge is up. Love feed and parking lot status of the public beach lots would be awesome so you can check before driving out to find out lots are full. Having an area for residents only vs non resident section of public parking lot would be nice especially if charging bc residents shouldn’t have to pay to park.
01/13/2019 3:42 PM

During season we try to ride our bikes from Golden Gate Point to Siesta Key Beach to avoid parking. If we walk to bring our beach chairs and need to park we go before 10am...parking is limited and a challenge.
01/13/2019 11:28 AM

- bike lane improvements great but need to extend from south bridge to 41 - Parking and traffic are not much improved after the 25million $ spent. Biggest problem is no alternative to lot anywhere. Is it possible to find a lot close to the beach area for added parking and extend the shuttle service to the new lot? I believe the shuttle itself has helped a lot - Lockers for beach chairs/items at the beach would help. More people I know would bike or walk from their hotel or use shuttle if there were lockers ( cycling with these items is dangerous) - Charging for parking is not a solution, it will not create more spaces and does not consider those of us who come everyday - If red tide persists, parking is not a problem. 6477796409 if you have questions (I am at beach every day)
01/13/2019 11:27 AM

I know the beach is one of our greatest resources, it is the reason we moved here. Sharing siesta beach is wonderful,just wish we could use it no parking!
01/13/2019 11:02 AM

There is a lot of traffic, but what did you think would happen when siesta key beach keeps getting voted one of the better beaches in the US. A convenient remote parking lot with bus service getting priority driving lane on and off off the island would be nice. There is nothing like moving past lines of traffic and being dropped of at the entrance. Do you really think that adding more stores and housing units on the corners of 41 and Clark is going to make it easier. I bet if you had to do it all over again, you would have limited how many high rise buildings on the key, or at least how many units in it.
01/13/2019 10:27 AM

I WOULD happily pay for parking, please build a garage! Make money off the tourists
01/13/2019 9:46 AM

Siesta Key and the beach are very popular. As a result there will be high traffic and parking lots will fill up during nice days in-season. The island's land is limited, but the number of people wanting to get onto the island is virtually unlimited so there is no realistic way to solve the dilemma. More pavement, cars and people isn't the answer. Don't make it more crowded, leave it as is.
01/13/2019 9:17 AM 

Siesta Key traffic is horrible, and the parking is even worse!!! The renovations done @ the public beach parking only created more hassle for people wanting to go to the beach. It may be an Engineer's prize, but for those of us that have to use it, it is a NIGHTMARE! A 3 story parking garage at the south end of the parking area should be immediately erected. Each level needs to have the ability to park 60 cars, and ALL personnel should be required to park there (having designated parking just for them, all others get towed.) The north end of the parking lot should be exclusively designated for handicap parking only! We have this many of us that still want to use this beach and can never find parking. Additionally, ALL facilities should be easily accessible..
01/13/2019 8:48 AM

I don't think that it is a good idea at all. It is simply going to open the door for paid parking at all Sarasota beaches and parks. It would make more sense to have shuttle service to the beaches when the lots are full. The beaches are for everyone - not just those who can afford to pay for parking. Sadly it will exclude some folks from a day of fun simply because they can't afford to pay for parking.
01/13/2019 8:34 AM

Your recent actions make me believe you really don’t care how residents feel or what they think. So just ask the political donors and save us time.
01/13/2019 8:19 AM

One of the greatest things about Sarasota & Manatee counties is the free parking/access to beaches.
01/13/2019 12:27 AM

The parking is absolutely terrible. I have witnessed more than 1 fight due to the amount of time it takes to drive around the lot for a couple of hours trying to get a spot. The lot is very pretty but NOT effective at all and it is miserable to try to get parked. Thankfully there are a couple of churches that we can pay to park but it limits the amount of days I can go due to the cost ! PLEASE fix this problem!!!!!
01/12/2019 11:43 PM

more effort should be made to incease public transport and parking should stay free so poorer resident can still go.
01/12/2019 11:14 PM

Even though the County could use the money, I feel strongly that we need to keep Siesta Key open and free for all to use. It is the one place that everyone can have access to. It is a public park and the community should be allowed to use it whether they are rich or poor.
01/12/2019 11:10 PM

It’s horrid. Sometimes we can find a space (if we are willing to drive around in circles for an hour) most times we can’t. Personally I think the parking bays are too big and with a little re planning more spaces can be made available on the existing lot.
01/12/2019 10:41 PM 

As a 20 year full-time resident of Siesta Key, I've seen lots of changes to our beautiful island. Most are not good. I suggest you take a survey as people park at the beach. Ask where they came from and if they would return if they had to pay for parking. I guess that you will find most of them are residents of the state of Florida and just visiting for the day. Our beach should be available for EVERYONE to enjoy and protect. Please don't make this change. There is no need to do so.
01/12/2019 8:40 PM

What if there was a valet service where you had the option to pay and park? It makes sense to that you could drop off people and chairs and hand your keys over and then just call for your car when walking back to the valet station. I would not pay of any other service.
01/12/2019 8:24 PM

Get rid of all the extra cement and have more parking. Have a overpass for people that aren't going to the beach , All part time and full time residents get free parking pass.or don't charge. Have free taxi from remote locations. Like all publix No charging .
01/12/2019 7:09 PM

Traffic and parking is what I would expect. Its manageable and there are certainly a lot of parking spaces at the county beach access points. Do not want to see paid parking go in.
01/12/2019 5:19 PM

Its all very well promoting Siesta as The No 1 Beach In USA but we must remember the Island in only so big .The recent Xmas hols has been crazy,cars constantly pouring onto the Key ALL day long,the place is gridlocked .Where are they all gonna park? You cant pour a gallon into a pint pot.Major strategy needed to provide satisfactory parking especially in the village.What appears to be a hope for the best approach just doesn't work.People who live and work here cannot get on/off the island to go about their daily business.Some sort of restriction as to the number of cars coming over the bridges with electronic barriers/passes to control the volume ? Or have parking lots off the key and bus them in if they are only day visitors.And if red tide isn't sorted you wont have to worry anyway
01/12/2019 5:13 PM

The parking and traffic is more than the key and parking lot can handle. It is to the point that you spend an hour in traffic and parking at the beach. I’ve lived here since 1978 and refuse to visit Siesta Key because of the traffic and parking. The last time I went to Siesta Village it took 30 minutes to park for lunch. The last two times to the beach were 45 minutes to park and the other was almost an hour. We left without getting out of the car the second time.
01/12/2019 4:20 PM

The parking additions/improvements in previous years haven’t kept pace with the influx of people. The city should look at building UP - paid parking decks somewhere near the public beach. Even if they have to buy land to do so. Near the south bridge, the crosswalks really impede traffic. Pedestrians near that major intersection should have to wait for the light to change to cross.
01/12/2019 4:18 PM

The SK bridge is up during peak hours, which causes more delays & back ups. Why is the bridge open/up during a peak time for one boat? One time we were stuck at the bridge when an ambulance was trying to get through. We had to squeeze to the sides of the road for space. SK roads, lots were not designed for the amount of traffic and parking. The public beach is crazy, people arguing over parking spaces. Cars getting broken into because there is little or no supervision of the public beach lot and surrounding areas. Illegal parking on side streets and cars blocking sidewalks. The trolley should run from 41 to beach, instead of N to S on SK Designate a pick up area on 41. Also charge for parking/beach access, will encourage ride share or public transportation.
01/12/2019 4:11 PM

Parking is ridiculous almost year round but definitely in season. Locals should be allowed free parking and tourists should be charged a fee to park at Siesta Key Beach. Parking in the village should remain as is.
01/12/2019 4:06 PM

Spent too much time driving around to find a place to park.
01/12/2019 4:05 PM

As a local, I think we should get beach parking passes we keep in our vehicles with a minimum charge at the beginning of each year. Non residents should pay a fee when visiting. This will encourage people to carpool as well as provide money to keep the beaches beautiful, clean & enjoyable for everyone.
01/12/2019 3:20 PM

Traffic is horrible especially when snowbirds are here. Parking is non-existent during this time. It would be great if there was better transportation off the key to the key and viceversa. Parking garage off the key.
01/12/2019 3:14 PM

Don’t go to siesta,, never any parking
01/12/2019 3:02 PM

The amount of traffic allowed onto the key absolutely needs to limited. I have a family member with health issues that may need an emergency vehicle to our home. We live at the end of North Shell Rd and have many photos of being trapped in here from cars. There would be no way an emergency vehicle would be able to get here. I literally have to put my left arm out to stop traffic for me to get onto Higel. If, one person dies from this, that’s one person too many. I’m for paid parking for non-residents. The revenue could help for the upkeep on the island. A toll for non-residents to get onto the key may also encourage less auto traffic without hindering the local businesses. Signs at both bridges indicating the parking is full. Maybe have the toll during peak times of the days?
01/12/2019 2:35 PM 

I can'tr speak to parking since I have ample private parking. Re traffic, it is awful. I drive from Venice to the Key around noon several days a week. Frequently I can't even get into the turn lane from the Trail to Stickney. Also, traffic backs up on Stickney blocking the intersection. South bound cars can turn right after a long delay, refilling the road and further limiting any possibility for north bound cars to ever turn left. I now go staight thru, and then turn left somewhere before Constitution and drive thru residential neighborhoods to the road that re-enters Stickney just before the bridge. Very long and slow and awkward. My condo requires a left turn from my driveway to go south. I am often blocked in both directions
01/12/2019 2:27 PM

I am not opposed for Paid Parking at Siesta Key Beach. However! I do feel that Florida Residents should receive a discount for parking.
01/12/2019 2:08 PM

During season there is not enough parking for everyone who wants to visit Siesta Key. There needs to be more parking so that everyone can enjoy the beach and not waste 1-2 hours looking for parking.
01/12/2019 2:01 PM

I would rather pay & have parking available than have it be free and never find parking.
01/12/2019 1:49 PM

Sarasota County resident that owns a home within Sarasota County should not pay for parting on Siesta Key. We pay for this in our property taxes. So issue homeowners some type of pass.
01/12/2019 1:41 PM

FREE PARKING Build a parking garage with tax money, keep it free. Traffic will get better with ample parking
01/12/2019 1:37 PM

I stopped going to Siesta Key a long time ago because I always got stuck circling the parking lot looking for a place to park unsuccessfully. By the time I left and went to another beach I had wasted a good part of my day. More parking options are needed the beach can handle more people and it will need to.
01/12/2019 1:36 PM

The parking lot redesign was poorly executed - hundreds more spaces should have been added. That said, I would be happy to see paid parking at Siesta (with a county resident annual pass available for reasonable cost: $60 or less, since we already pay for the park via our taxes). I also support Siesta Key residents receiving the pass free, even though I would not qualify.
01/12/2019 1:32 PM

Keep it as is because otherwise it will be even more crowded, buses etc. and a charge discriminated against poor folk who should always have access to free beaches.
01/12/2019 1:27 PM

Extremely over crowded. I have not visited Siesta Key or the areas around it in years because it is a nightmare.
01/12/2019 1:27 PM

Just because you live on siesta key (mainly the wealthy) doesn’t mean you should get a pass. If paid parking is implemented it needs to be for everyone
01/12/2019 1:25 PM

Unfortunately I avoid Siesta Key during season due to the traffic and parking issues. The new parking lot had helped tremendously, but feel it's still not enough. I actually agree with the paid parking as many places do it AS LONG as the money goes toward beach and imrivements on siesta key.
01/12/2019 1:23 PM

More parking = more people and traffic. Beach is crowded already, do you really need more?? Make tourists pay a daily or weekly rate, offer yearly passes for full-time residents (those with a Sarasota County homestead exemption) at a reduced rate
01/12/2019 1:22 PM

I would be happy if Sarasota County began charging for parking on Siesta Key.
01/12/2019 1:19 PM

Awful
01/12/2019 11:48 AM

Parking is overcrowded and causes traffic back up along entire key. Parking should be paid ( nominal $5) . There should be off key parking ( 41& Stickney) with a shuttle bus running to beach from parking lot.
01/12/2019 11:39 AM

I started vacationing here in 1953 and moved here in 1973. I have lived in Nokomis, Venice, Lido Beach and now live in Gulf Gate. SCAT has tried to get people out of their vehicles; the families want to load their food, supplies and children into their vehicles (not a bus) and come and go on their schedule. The beach has become almost the only place that is free which is important while raising a family. It is also a healthy and safe place for the children. I am not supportive of paid parking at this time. I am tending to lean towards letting supply and demand rule the day.
01/12/2019 11:06 AM

Crowded but better off season. Live just a few blocks off the north bridge on the mainland. During season traffic is backed up on Siesta Dr to 41. Translates to zero parking at the several beach accesses. We often dont even try. Paid parking would be a blessing with some accommodation for full time Sarasota County residents.
01/12/2019 10:47 AM 

I find the traffic to be totally unacceptable in the high season. I can take 1/2 hour to go 1 mile over Stickney point between the no turn on red sign now added and the crosswalk that has no timer between pushes. A person can press it and before a car or two can get through the next group presses it. Towards the village cars park everywhere and people now line the streets with signs trying to get cars to park in their yards for money. This is not Daytona beach and sadly it feels like a party place vs a family one like it used to. If the public beach would charge a small ‘per car’ fee it would help with traffic and help defray the cost of garbage and waste. Our once beloved sleepy key is now full of traffic, noise and vandalism is starting to rise.
01/12/2019 9:34 AM

It is entirely too busy to enjoy! The beach in my mind is no longer the number 1 beach to enjoy! Can’t find a parking place on most days during season! I started coming to Siesta Key 4 years ago and loved it so I purchased a home. Now I’m just sad over the crowds, the smell and unkept beach! 😢 Please do something to bring back the original beauty!
01/12/2019 9:28 AM

We believe there should be payed parking. We need to upkeep the park and pay for the privledges of such a beautiful beach. This takes money and people who should be payed for the job. County residents should get a break. As we pay high taxes here already..
01/12/2019 9:18 AM

Tax paying home owners should receive free parking stickers for up to 2 vehicles.
01/12/2019 8:30 AM

My husband and I have lived near Siesta for 25 years and have enjoyed Siesta Key for most of that time. My 3 daughters have been truly blessed to be raised enjoying going to Siesta Key on a weekly basis. Unfortunately in the last 5 years that joy has dissipitated. The aggravation of a short distance taking 3 and sometimes 5 times longer than in the past and then driving in circles to find parking has made our weekly visits to the Key to only visiting 2 times in 2018! We now spend our driving time heading south to other Sarasota beaches. Our once peaceful, fun, beautiful Siesta Key has turned into another touristy hot spot focused on tourists and not locals.
01/12/2019 8:26 AM

Getting on and off the key during the season has me ready to move off the key. BTW, my family has lived in this home since the 50's. I think paid parking might be helpful. Right now people pay up to $20 to park in peoples yards near the beach. I do think there could be some concessions for residents. Perhaps some passes /or reduced rates. I am concerned about accessibility for families looking for free access to county parks. Like everyone on the key, we are very concerned about the Benderson development.
01/12/2019 8:12 AM

Do something about the noise! Racing down beach road needs to stop. Illegal parking needs to stop. Drivers do not stop for pedestrians.
01/12/2019 7:54 AM

I'm never in a hurry to go the main public beach because it's too crowded for me. Would love to see more parking on north beach road and the cresent beach areas. I would be willing to pay for parking anywhere out there if I felt confident I could find a relatively close parking spot any time of day. Even $5 an hour at the beach. I'd expect cheaper if the parking was near shops and restaurants.
01/12/2019 7:54 AM

Very crowded and hard to find a place.
01/12/2019 7:53 AM

I'm in favor of paid parking. This might give more people the opportunity to enjoy the beach.
01/12/2019 7:26 AM

Would like to see paid parking to help with the cost of maintenance. Florida residence to have the ability to buy a yearly pass.
01/12/2019 5:57 AM

I agree with paid parking at the beach and a county residence pass in drivers windows. I also think there can be better parking in the village area with monitoring and new parking in currently restricted areas.
01/12/2019 5:20 AM

Even if no paid parking is impelented there shouid be electronic signs before both bridges when the lot is full. If paid parking passes, the weekday rates should be lower than weekend.
01/12/2019 1:05 AM

It’s not that bad
01/11/2019 11:34 PM

My friend and I generally walk the beach on Friday morning, no problem finding a spot at that time. I am a resident of 40 years having worked at Memorial Hospital 32 years. To pay for parking would be a hardship. We are seeing retirees from up north moving here with generous pensions and corporate benefits. I was in the Florida Retirement System but we lost that benefit in 1995 and although I worked at SMH and was promised insurance that benefit was also taken away. My point is that it is expensive to live here and to pay for beach parking would mean no more beach walks. Please consider giving us long time residents a break. As far as traffic, it is gridlock and with the new development to be built at Stickney Point and Tamiami it will be difficult to get on SK.
01/11/2019 11:07 PM

Pick up ticket as entering like at airport. 30 minutes or less free(allows drop-offs or not finding acceptable spot), 31–150min.=$5, more=$10 for everyone. If necessary, maybe peak hours cost more than $5.
01/11/2019 11:00 PM

Stickney Pt bridge should be open once an hour. Sarasota County residents should be issued a windshield sticker allowing free parking at the beach. All others should be charged.
01/11/2019 10:39 PM

We need to promote tourism for our local economy not so d them fo other vacation options.
01/11/2019 9:24 PM

The seaon's traffic backup from US41 to Stickney Point Rd, bridge and onto Midnight Pass South exacerbated by bridge openings are definitely not improving by the year. As full-time residents we used to be able t work around beach traffic hours but that is becoming increasingly challenging. The trolley has admittedly alleviated some but the main problem seems to be the traffic light synchronization on and off the key. Perhaps some transportation gurus can come up with a solution?
01/11/2019 9:00 PM

A shuttle is badly needed (ike the bus, but running more frequently). Last year I took a bus to a festival in the village. when I attempted to leave 2 busses passed me up (that’s 2 hours!). I finally stopped an inbound bus who radioed in the problem and I finally got a ride back to my car. I was trying to be a good citizen and it basically blew up.
01/11/2019 8:39 PM

I think a parking fee is not such a bad idea as long as residents of the county get a discounted rate and handicap folks do not have to pay. Additionally the extra funds go 100% to the Key.
01/11/2019 7:45 PM

It is crazy trying to drive/park at Siesta Key Beach for 6 months of the year. You should charge for parking and offer residents an annual permit at a reasonable price. Tourists wouldn't balk at paying for parking at the #1 Beach.
01/11/2019 7:06 PM

I think the traffic is horrible and we should charge for parking
01/11/2019 6:40 PM

The beach should be free to everyone, without gates and parking fees.
01/11/2019 6:08 PM

As a 20+ year resident, I would like to see Sarasota County residents get a free pass to park at Siesta Beach. I agree with charging tourists so maybe they will start carpooling to open some spaces for the rest of us.
01/11/2019 5:52 PM 

The traffic is intolerable during the winter season. Increasing parking on the key is no solution. We live 5 miles from siesta beach and never go. Charge for parking, please, hourly. That encourages some turnover. . Let Sarasota residents purchase seasonal and yearly passes at a reasonable fee. Use these monies to find off key solutions, parking and buses. So tired of so many tourists.
01/11/2019 5:47 PM

Traffic is terrible in peak season and will only get worse with the approval of the Benderson project. The trolley is a great idea, and I believe in pay parking at the beach with an inexpensive seasonal pass for residents.
01/11/2019 5:16 PM

During season the worst traffic is caused by 3 primary items: 1) drawbridges openings. This completely stops traffic for 10-15 minutes, typically for 1 or 2 boats. The bridge openings should be once per hour. 2) the horrible right turn signal at Stickney Point and Midnight Pass. Many drivers will not turn right when the right arrow is red even when “No Turn on Red” is not lit. Signnal should not be a red arrow, but a red light, and there should be a sign that indicates “No turn on red when pedestrians are present, just like the northbound Midnight Pass one. 3) drivers going 20-25 mph on Midnight Pass even though speed limit is 35. Need addional 35 speed limit signs not just the one at Stickney Point and one at Harbor Tower.
01/11/2019 5:09 PM

I am in favor of paid parking for non-residents of Sarasota County. Residents should be allowed to park at no cost, by permit which would be issued at no cost with proof of residency, e.g. drivers license, utility bill, etc.
01/11/2019 5:09 PM

I don't go there as the parking situation is often full. Many other beaches require a permit for residents and non-residents have to pay to park - fair enough.
01/11/2019 4:50 PM

I would leave the parking free!!! It’s an attraction to the beach and to the local businesses. It is additional tax to the tourists!!! Tourism is your livelihood and this will injur the cash flow from the local businesses into the tax coffers of the county .
01/11/2019 4:48 PM

When I go to the beach before 10am there's not a problem finding parking.
01/11/2019 4:41 PM

The traffic is horrendous. The beach is more crowded than ever.If you don't get to the beach by 9:30 AM you're out of luck. We have been coming down here since the eighties, and always went to Siesta Key for the beach or the restaurants. We seldom go there anymore due to the above. Now we go to Venice or Nokomis. I can't imagine what it will be like when Benderson finishes up the Promenade.
01/11/2019 4:22 PM

Traffic back up leaving the key after sunset is the worst issue. Not sure what the answer is.
01/11/2019 4:20 PM

During high season the parking situation at SK is impossible. As an almost daily beach visitor, I go to beach by 9 to ensure a parking space. No one from my community goes to the beach, so carpooling is not an option. Also, with beach chairs, umbrella, food, etc., the trolley is not viable. Sarasota County residents should not be charged to park on SK. This is one of the main reasons we moved here. Traffic problems are not b/c of residents but b/c of out-of-area visitors. Please do not penalize Sarasota residents who are on fixed incomes. Paid parking will not take care of the parking and traffic problems.
01/11/2019 4:14 PM

We lived in Maryland for 50 years and now we live in Florida. There were many times we went to the beach in Maryland and Delaware and had to pay for parking. We told so many friends from those states that we were so proud of being in Florida where the beach at Siesta Key is free. My friends in MD and DE are very upset of going to the beach and having to pay parking in the summer. Parking is expensive and lots of places you can only park there for 2 hours! Restaurants and shopping from that area has been affected. We live close to Siesta Key and we are amazed to see the numbers that park there and totally enjoy their days at the beach. I hope you let the people park there free. They will go to restaurants and spend money since they don't need to pay at the beach.
01/11/2019 4:06 PM 

Not that it matters but, we visit Siesta Keys 1 to 2 times a year. Plan on eventually retiring there. To me what matters is putting monies into security staff to check for people that are not handicappedi but park in handicapped parking spaces anyways. Not exceptable!! If the vote is to charge for parking then so be it. There is going to be inflation on charges in the future anywho!01/11/2019 3:45 PM

This entire conversation is a solution looking for a problem. Yes, Siesta Key Beach parking is too small; build more parking. It is a world-class beach that draws visitors from around the world. The County should embrace that fact and stop all efforts to impede or restrict access to the Key and the Beach. Moreover, Siesta Key residents deserve no special treatment that is not extended to all Sarasota County property owners. Consider a conversation I had with an out-of-state visitor who just illegally parked his car in the Manasota Beach boat lot: he said that the $25 fine, if he chose to pay it, was less than he'd pay to park "back home." Unless the County is prepared to install wheel boots on vehicles and levy significant fines, nothing will change by implementing the new scheme.
01/11/2019 3:09 PM

Every year the traffic congestion gets worse trying to get on and off the Key. It would be nice to have more mass transit options for people going to the beach, shopping or to speacial events. I have seen the public transportation options to travel on the Key, improve and help traffic flow, slightly. I'm not in favor of paid parking as it will force people to park in neighborhoods and other unauthorized parking areas.
01/11/2019 3:01 PM

I live on Midnight Pass, so during season there is a lot of traffic. BUT I think it is great that there is no fee at the public beach. The trolley has helped reduce the number of cars. Light up all crosswalks on Siesta for safety please!
01/11/2019 2:56 PM

not enough . if you're not there by 8am.you won't have place to park. need additional and or multi level. very discouraging to be a resident and not be able to enjoy it's resources.

01/11/2019 2:49 PM

 

I do not go to Siesta Key during the height of "season" because of the traffic back-ups. I also only use the north route to go on the island & then only early in the morning to avoid the worst of the traffic. When I have gone to the beach, parking is rather hit or miss. If there early enough I can find a spot without any problem, but as it gets past 10 am, it becomes more difficult & we'll generally leave the area. Just finding parking if we go out for breakfast can be a challenge, even early in the day. Over the past 4-5 years, we've found ourselves going to Siesta Key less & less because of the difficulty finding parking & just getting on & off the island.
01/11/2019 2:37 PM

I feel this is an issue with traffic and parking at certain times. Do not want to have paid parking as it will discourage people to come to our beach. Try setting up park and ride locations where people can pay to ride the bus in. Would help if other neighboring businesses would offer paid parking like the church does. Some of these lots are totally empty on the evening and weekends.
01/11/2019 2:29 PM 

I don't believe Sarasota residents should pay to park at Siesta Key Beach. An alternative would be to ask residents to purchase a yearly "pass" to place in their window - so at least you can gain some revenue without us having to pay each time.
01/11/2019 2:28 PM

Too many cars, bridge causes back up and new Benderson development, which the voters clearly did not want but County employees and Commission approved anyway, will create even worse gridlock. Needed a parking lot for beach goers on that parcel NOT more condos!
01/11/2019 2:03 PM

Bad and getting worse. 2 bridges not sufficient for traffic. On nice days up to 100 cars stalled for 1 sailboat! That projectject at Stickney Point and 41 is a horrible idea. Will worsen traffic at that intersection.
01/11/2019 2:02 PM 

Leave the parking lot at the public beach as is, might be to many spaces now. The beach is so overcrowded, can it hold anymore people then what is out there now. There are so many people with so little space it is not enjoyable. So the parking should not increase. The nonsense of not putting in a boutique hotel on the key should stop, if the residents are concerned about traffic, it is much better for the hotels to be on the key so the visitors don't drive on to the key everyday, let them park their cars onsite and walk to the beach, village, etc.
01/11/2019 2:00 PM

Getting over to the beach during the day in season is very difficult and beach parking can be a challenge.. Getting over to the restaurants in the evening is also a challenge and unless I have houseguests, I seldom go over in the season.
01/11/2019 1:59 PM

Do NOT start charging for parking! The locals can't afford to live like tourists!!!!!
01/11/2019 1:43 PM

I think it’s a good idea... however perhaps, with each property owners paid tax bill they get a seasons parking pass.
01/11/2019 1:17 PM

I think that during season the traffic is a nightmare. Fortunately I still work so I leave early and come home late however, weekends, on a sunny day means staying home for sure if I plan on coming back on the key anytime soon. I have seen traffic backed up from Higel and Ocean Blvd for hours. I love Siesta Key, but not a fan of the heavy traffic. Sometimes it is bad even going off the Key, it can take me and hour to get to 41! As a local, I do not do much in the Village because I know that parking is very limited. With the approval of the building at Stickney Point and 41 I don't even want to imagine the nightmare that will occur with traffic. As it is they have to put a sign up on the corner telling people not to block the intersection.
01/11/2019 1:11 PM

Enough with the paid parking! Don't give people a reason to stay away!
01/11/2019 1:07 PM

Provide EV charging and parking to promote sustainability in the County. Provide EV charging at a park and ride location.
01/11/2019 1:03 PM

Traffic is terrible in season, during the holidays and the summer. I think we should pay for parking to encourage car pooling. Residents should get a discounted yearly decal to put on front window.
01/11/2019 12:52 PM 

Traffic is overwhelming and slow, no way to change direction or your mind, once stuck. Why can't they use some ROW to make (alternating) third lane for people to go ahead. It's great having free parking(unlike anywhere else in FL) As a ft resident, getting trvrnue returned to SK to help w cost if maintaining our beach park, funding Trolley(s) the length of Key, ferry service, and maybe overhead people mover (zip line) along the Beach w drop off to public Access or City/county Park areas would be both recreational snd fee generating .
01/11/2019 12:44 PM

Very frustrated having to drive around for a long period of time for a parking space only sometimes having to leave my favorite “home” beach. Would love to see a daily fee for tourists and non residents. If necessary a parking lot designated for Sarasota residents (even if an annual fee is required)
01/11/2019 12:42 PM

My husband and I have stopped visiting Siesta Key beach and restaurants, as we can never find parking. My husband is handicapped and has the special tag, but there are never enough handicapped spots and we are always out of luck finding ANY parking at the beach. A shuttle system with parking off the island would help lighten traffic and reduce the frustration with parking and allow more folks to visit the Key and spend money in the restaurants and shops.
01/11/2019 12:11 PM

Parking has been difficult for YEARS. It is our favorite beach to use and take visitors, too. We make alternate plans often because of the difficulty in traffic/parking.
01/11/2019 12:08 PM

Too crowded need more parking
01/11/2019 12:07 PM

No new taxes for Sarasota’s residents
01/11/2019 12:02 PM

I am opposed to parking meters downtown. If they go up I won't go shopping there. For the beach, charge non-residents, but have it free for the locals who live here year around. We already pay for it with our property taxes.
01/11/2019 11:13 AM

I believe that additional revenue for the county could come from Siesta Key Beach Paid parking.
01/11/2019 10:58 AM

As we all know traffic is getting worse everyday. The horrific experience of getting on and off the Key is now common particularly during the tourist season. For this reason, I implore our Gov’t leaders to ensure further developments and policies heavily weigh on current and future decisions.
01/11/2019 10:56 AM

If course it is too crowded and hard to find parking. Requires pre-planning.
01/11/2019 10:43 AM

Traffic is not too bad on Beach Road, but during the holidays and Spring Break, it is very congested. Parking isn't too bad as everyone has driveways and condos have parking lots. Beach parking is good as long as you get there very early during high season.
01/11/2019 9:54 AM

Don"t go there anymore because there never is a place to park.Not enough disabled parking near restaurants.
01/11/2019 9:26 AM

While we live 2 blocks from Beach Access 11, in season we often have people parking on our street and at times blocking our driveway. I feel that a modest parking fee for the Siesta Beach lots would help alleviate some of the congestion. I appreciate that part of what makes our beach so wonderful is that it is a public beach, but I see more and more congestion and that brings with it more and more trash, etc.
01/11/2019 9:24 AM

I haven't had any issues parking.
01/11/2019 9:17 AM

Traffic in season is so congested that my husband and I avoid the beach which we greatly enjoy. I find it hard to see how remote parking is the answer to this issue. Can you picture a family taking a shuttle and bringing to the beach all the beach chairs, umbrellas, towels and snacks for everyone. It seems you are trying to solve one issue by creating another issue for the public. Why not pay someone to direct traffic during busy times?
01/11/2019 9:07 AM

Elected officials need to take responsibility for funding levels based on development. We need proactive assessments. They are approving building permits and allowing more residents. We need to be planning for the next 25 years.
01/11/2019 9:02 AM

The trolley is working great for us. We go into the village to walk or eat dinner a lot more often then before. Because of this I think a shuttle from the mainland to the beach would certainly help. Especially in view of the construction Benderson will under take at 41 and Stickney Point Roads.
01/11/2019 8:58 AM

When the newly constructed Siesta Key Pavillion was thought out, there should have been more spaces added for parking besides the 50 or so that were added. It’s a shame that people on vacation that aren’t staying on the Key can’t find a spot in season after 9 am. Add a second level to part of the parking lot and charge for parking. I grew up in New Jersey and you had to not only pay for parking but also to get on the beach. Sarasota is way behind the times when it comes to parking at the beach and around the city in general. We can use the revenue to keep our facilities and city beautiful.
01/11/2019 8:34 AM

Full time resident. The Benderson property rezone on US41/Stickney Point should not have been approved. That property should have been used for a Siesta Key park and shuttle lot. It is amazing that other properties owned by Westfield as well as the southeast corner of that intersection are being studied for that use. It surely reflects a predjudice for Benderson who is being allowed the highest possible use of their property, while the other property owners being considered are treated as red headed step children.
01/11/2019 8:28 AM

Siesta Key is the single biggest giver community in Sarasota, yet the county seems to go to great lengths to poach the meat off it's bones at every turn. Charging to access the key? the bonehead who came up with that should be fired immediately! Honestly, focus on getting the zoning and permit department in order, the county staff is embarrassingly incompetent in those departments and cost business and property owners thousands of dollars in needless delays and interpretation nonsense that changes with the wind. Leadership is helpless. The county should have been / should be purchasing parcels as they come available to provide additional parking in the village - meanwhile, private investors are already doing this with good results.
01/11/2019 8:13 AM

Traffic and parking on Siesta Key are very heavy January thru July. We understand and deal with this. But full time residents pay taxes and should not have to pay for beach parking. We also support the businesses on Siesta Key year round. Expanded public parking in the village is necessary and this could be paid parking for everyone.
01/11/2019 8:13 AM

I avoid going to the beach because of no parking. Paid parking is not the answer. There are just too many tourists visiting SK and installing meters won’t add spaces. I’ve been a full time resident for 42 years and I think that would be unfair for the locals. As a tax payer, I feel I have already paid my fair share to park at the beach. Provide parking decals for full time tax paying residents and assess tourists for parking privileges.
01/11/2019 8:07 AM

I like the Siesta Breeze trolley. I do think that has helped with the traffic issues. I don't like the idea of paid parking but something does have to be done to alleviate the traffic and parking issues on the key . If paid parking, at the beach, is implemented I like the idea that Sarasota property owners get 2 parking passes when they pay their property taxes. I also like the idea of a parking lot on/near 41/Stickney point with a trolley pick up. The controversial property owned by Benderson would be a perfect spot for a park and ride.
01/11/2019 8:07 AM

We seldom go to the beach anymore & actually take our kids to the beach & drop them off & pick back up when they call. All because no parking. The attraction to Sarasota is lost! The taxpayers that pay for all this are unable to use. I would be happy to pay for parking to use the beach!!!
01/11/2019 8:06 AM

To pay for parking at Sierra Key beach would be a crime. We use the beach nearly daily for five months of the year. Being retired, paid parking would significantly impact our budget. Our main reason for choosing Sarasota is because of the beach and it's easy access. Paid parking would not promote car pooling as advertised.
01/11/2019 8:05 AM

I think parking at Siesta Key beach should remain free. A suggestion would be to have satellite parking with shuttle service - for a fee - to help alleviate parking at the beach.
01/11/2019 8:04 AM

I live in Bradenton, moved here from northeast where parking fees at beaches cause people to not go often. We like to go for a couple hours only and if we need to pay to park we'll go to free beaches here instead.
01/11/2019 8:04 AM

Need more parking should be free for county residents
01/11/2019 8:03 AM

If you charge for parking then you exclude people who cant afford the rates from enjoying the beach. Haven't the wealthy already ruined the beach for the rest of us enough? I mean there's barely a beach in Sarasota. My family goes to manatee county for the beach most of the time. They're.much more welcoming.
01/11/2019 7:58 AM

Leave it alone! No parking fees! What are you thinking?
01/11/2019 7:58 AM

Residents/property owner should not pay to park. OK for visitors to pay. Ridiculous that SC did not buy the Benderson project at Clark/41 and turn it into Pickleball/Tennis/Sports complex and parking/shuttle. SRQ needs the beaches. Raised here and go daily to beach. Car pooling not logical.
01/11/2019 7:42 AM

Siesta Key parking is an absolute nightmare. Nearly every weekend of the year, if you do not get to the beach early, you will spend your day driving around and looking for a spot. Going to the beach in Sarasota has become a chore.
01/11/2019 7:33 AM

I live south of Siests Key 7-months of the year. During high season it can take 45-minutes to get to church on the Key—- a Drive that would normally take 10-minutes
01/11/2019 7:18 AM 

We enjoy siesta key beach & go often ourselves & with visitors from out of state. As often as we go (once a week) we would not be able to go & pay that often. Maybe a cheaper yearly pass if it has to be necessary? It will greatly affect our enjoyment of living here if we have to limit our beach access.
01/11/2019 7:02 AM

Do not want to pay for parking at Siesta Key Beach. Please do not do this
01/11/2019 7:01 AM

It can be a challenge in season. If one can get to the village or the beach early it usually is not a problem.
01/11/2019 6:28 AM

I believe that full time Sarasota County residents should be able to buy an annual pass for beach parking. This is the policy at Crane's Beach in Essex County, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
01/11/2019 6:22 AM

Traffic is horrific in season. I have stopped going to St Michael's church on Sunday as getting there takes over 45 minutes in season. I no longer take my daughter for swim lessons as it takes 45 minutes to get there. I certainly do not go to the beach to enjoy it due to red tide and difficulty parking. I believe all should pay for parking. Have Benderson put in a parking garage on their property and offer shuttle service to the beach. Once the project come to fruition the traffic will be even more intense. I am seriously considering moving away from Sarasota after 22 years.I love this place but we are no longer able to enjoy the main reason we came here...Siesta Key. Off season there is red tide and in season besides red tide the traffic is horrific and unbearable.
01/11/2019 6:17 AM

Siesta key traffic is terrible during seasons, and there is never enough parking. I've had to leave due to no parking. It takes way too long to get off the key also. People that are not full-time residents should have to pay for parking.
01/11/2019 6:16 AM

FULL time residents should NOT have to pay for parking. Between taxes and insurance to live here is crazy enough. Resident since 1991. If you want to fix the traffic problem...where is the infrastructure for all the building going on? Is it at capacity yet? LOLOLOL
01/11/2019 6:14 AM

Obviously during season, parking and traffic are dreadful. Long-term, full-time residents, we have often driven over to the Key to walk on the beach and not found parking. Getting onto the Key can be laborious especially from the south bridge when that right turn from Stickney Point is not allowed. I don't know if that "no right turn" is still there since we have avoided the south bridge for that very reason. We love the Key, we love the beach but it's no secret that traffic and parking during season are a constant cause of consternation for us locals. Thank you.
01/10/2019 10:42 PM

I am a long time resident. There has always been traffic in season. There has always been free parking at our free beaches.There should continue To be free parking.
01/10/2019 10:13 PM

There just never is anywhere to park. Why doesn't the county have a booth at the entrance and they just let ppl in the lot once there is an open spot. If you charge...Ill still go to the beach and stay ling so that won't deter anyone.
01/10/2019 10:03 PM

I feel it is completely unsafe and am surprised the fire dep't hasn't had a lot of input in the conversation as they get stuck in the traffic in emergency situations. I feel trapped where I live if I'm not back home by 10 AM. I'm the first one grocery shopping and app'ts to be back home before it takes me hours to get back home. I travel north on 41 to avoid Stickney Pt bridge now - I can't imagine in the future. I think the only solution is to charge to come on the Key like Gasparilla Island. Beach parking charge would help, but not enough. I've lived here for 23 years and tossing the idea of leaving just because of the traffic. Enough is enough.
01/10/2019 9:02 PM

From: John Cooper 137Avenida Messina #2 I have resided in the Villa Navarra condominium for over 40 years. It is located on Avenida Messina, intersecting with Avenida Navarra (driveway into Davidson pharmacy parking area...an area that needs to be repaved, and a stop required at the intersection. I have no doubt that at some time in the future there will be a serious incident there ...Valet Parking at that spot also hinders view of oncoming traffic ...at night it is almost impossible to see foot traffic at the intersection....there is constant foot traffic from before dawn into the early morning hours ... it is the prime way to get to sunset viewing ...( the whole area should be considered for a lighted tourist promenade) ...DO NOT EXTEND PARKING ALONG AVENIDA MESSINA
01/10/2019 8:52 PM

As a resident of Siesta Key, taxpayer, working person, I think the the amount of traffic on Siesta Key is a NIGHTMARE!! The roadways on SK were not made to handle. I can barely make it out of my street to work on time & make it home in a reasonable amount of time due to large amounts of traffic that includes cars, RVs, trolleys, ride service vehicles,service trucks & buses. Also golf carts, pedaled large party wagons clogging up the roadways. It is out of control! Homes being rented with 10+ people, large groups, driving several separate vehicles. Blocked sidewalks. Public beach parking lot/pavilion many issues: lack of space here to list them all. Alleviate traffic by charging for beach parking/access, trolley & limit # of people in rentals.
01/10/2019 8:28 PM

Traffic is horrible, as is parking. I attend church at St Boniface on the key, even though I live in Osprey. I leave 30-45 minutes earlier in the winter months to get there on time. Same thing on the way home.
01/10/2019 8:08 PM

Sarasota county wasted its best opportunity to improve parking at Siesta Key. The recent renovation to the parking lot at Siesta Key beach may be the worst use of taxpayer money ever. It was never about increasing parking spaces. Those responsible for the design failed miserably. Now we will suffer for many years to come. We need to focus on the logistical solutions to improve the ever increasing flow of visitors instead of fighting growth which appears to be the focus now.
01/10/2019 7:27 PM

We are Florida residents. Here 6 months. Live on mainland. Getting on and off Siesta Key ALWAYS requires forethought. Add the new Benderson development and double the forethought needed. Beach parking often impossible after 10:30 or so. Parking in the Village, same thing. Takes preplanning and luck.
01/10/2019 7:14 PM

Traffic is horrible. Much is caused as folks head for the beach and circle the beach looking for spots. Need to charge to park and use the $ to pay for shuttles. A sign before entering the island that beach parking is full would probably help also.
01/10/2019 6:47 PM

My wife and I have lived in Sarasdota for over 35 years. We believe paid parking at ALL the beaches in Sarasota County is a good idea. However, full time county residents should be exempt by way of a "windshield decal" issued with each vehicle registration. Paid parking at just one beach, will naturally shift a substantial number of people to surrounding beaches, causing inaccessability at those beaches. Tourists will go to the beach no matter what...they're on vacation! But the out of control growth in this area has put such a strain on our beaches, that tax paying, county residents now have limited use of their own beaches! The parking fees collected could possibly be used for beach renourishment, or other beach improvements. We have to start somewhere!
01/10/2019 6:11 PM

Too many times in the 10 years I've lived here I've run into 4 light changes to try and make the left onto Stickney Point from 41 north. Always blocked and no fines being given out which would stop it from happening. Parking in the lot after the bumper to bumper ride down Midnight Pass is not going to be solved by paying. Then seniors and low income people will be unable to use our beaches because of cost. Parking garage and lot at corner of 41 and Stickney Point with free shuttles would have kept cars traffic and mayhem off island and helped. The village is a nightmare with very few parking spots for amount of businesses there. You circle and circle looking and end up leaving because there's none available. Very frustrating and ruins the day or evening.
01/10/2019 6:04 PM 

I'm very disappointed that, after very lengthy construction, the lack of parking at Siesta Beach is still such a problem. Bad planning again on the part of Sarasota. Development without infrastructure improvements is at the root of this and many other problems in our community. The traffic problems were behind my move from Siesta Key to the mainland in 1998 and it's only gotten worse. I fully appreciate that tourism is a major part of our economy, but residents suffer when we continue to build without regard for congestion. When I relocated to Sarasota, the County plan was to not allow development east of the Interstate. That plan was chipped away at until there was nothing left of it. Irresponsible development replaced that plan and has prevailed ever since. We can do better than this.
01/10/2019 5:58 PM

I am a member of St. Boniface church on Siesta Key. During season I have to add 20-30 minutes to my trip to church from our home near Clark and Sawyer. The free shuttles really slow traffic down on the key and on a high volume day, combined with the pedestrian crossings it can mean creeping down the key.
01/10/2019 5:48 PM

I hardly go to SK because of the traffic. It’s a bottleneck. I cannot imagine what it will be like when the building goes on at the corner of Stickney Pt & 41?? I will for sure stay away at that point. Maybe charging for parking will help with the parking & traffic???
01/10/2019 5:45 PM

I would like the county to begin charging fees to park in the parking lot at siesta key beach. It’s become impossible for those of us that are permanent residents to enjoy our beach. It would be nice if snowbirds/visitors paid a higher fee vs. permanent Sarasota residents. I’m not opposed to one rate for all though. Perhaps some of the collected monies could be used to put waste receptacles closer to the water and possibly to expand parking....if there’s any land left to allow for expansion.
01/10/2019 5:42 PM

It is way past the time for the County to act on the deplorable traffic situation during the winter on Siesta Key. The County needs to charge a stiff fee to park at the beach - $20.00 is not unreasonable considering the substantial inconvenience created by traffic
01/10/2019 5:41 PM

Free beach parking is the whole reason we purchased a house 2 miles from Siesta beach. Please don't make paid parking for residents.
01/10/2019 5:41 PM

Traffic is unavoidable with the existing narrow roadways where building has been allowed too close to the roadway, however parking should be addressed. We would have no problem paying (a reasonable rate) for parking. Paid parking may stop families from taking multiple vehicles to the beach.
01/10/2019 5:40 PM 

If you decide to have paid parking it should be free for florida residents.
01/10/2019 5:40 PM

Siesta needs off island parking and frequent public transit to beaches and village. The Benderson property at Stickney Point and 41 would be ideal for a park/parking/trolley location. For many years the overflow beach parking has been helped by the people of St. Boniface Church offering their lot for a donation, and a commercial lot, for a fee, just west of the fire house. Those spaces need to be counted when county planners estimate the parking issues for Siesta Beach. The various "free" ride services have enabled people to move from those locations to the beach. One can only hope that county planners take all of these aspects of the problem/solution into consideration. Thanks for running a survey.
01/10/2019 5:21 PM

Siesta Key residents should not have to pay for parking!
1/10/2019 5:14 PM

It is discouraging to drive to Siesta Beach knowing that it will likely be impossible to find a parking space at almost any time of day. To make it even worse, the search for a space with other circling cars is tedious and sometimes even dangerous. There must be a way to give some form of prioritized parking access to county residents or a functioning shuttle system that works. The shuttle system to the key from Phillippi Creek for special events seems to work fine. Westfield likes to use the name "Siesta Key" and would probably love to help with their lot. Also, there are parking garage designs that are not necessarily unsightly. Thank you.
01/10/2019 5:09 PM

Not enough parking at public beach Traffic over both bridges at times in both directions needs improvement More offsite parking options should be explored
01/10/2019 4:39 PM

There should be paid parking at the beachside lot, but with provision for a Resident's pass/sticker at either a discounted annual rate, or even free. Parking in the business districts should be free since they are generating income for local businesses and tax revenue.
01/10/2019 4:28 PM

1. Didn’t we, the residents of Sarasota pay for the lots and improvements? Doesn’t seem fair to also have to pay to park 2. I assume the fee would cover things like the pavilion, restrooms, etc. however none of these exist at the small access lots that we usually use. 3. why not give residents passes and charge visitors? 4. I am opposed to residents being charged to park.
01/10/2019 4:24 PM

Do not charge Sarasota county residents to park at Siesta Key beach. We need a paid parking garage on or near the beach, with shuttles to the beach. But residents should be able to use the present lots free of charge.
01/10/2019 4:22 PM

Anytime after 10 am on nice days, there are not enough parking spaces. The best solution would be to build a parking garage and charge for parking. There is plenty of beach, not enough parking.
01/10/2019 4:21 PM

I do not want paid parking for Siesta Key Beach. Our "town" has done plenty to accommodate growth and tourism, and I feel paid parking for "our" beach would adversely affect locals.
01/10/2019 4:19 PM

Let's get traffic on the key waaaay down. With SCAT busses and trolleys available for transport, there should be no reason for anybody to take their personal vehicle out there unless it's for business, or they're going to and from a home on Siesta Key. Charge an extremely high rate for parking cars anywhere on the key, to discourage people from bringing their own personal vehicles out there just to sit all day. Make the parking fee insane. Make car parking space minimal and put in way more motorcycle parking, which would be free. To make sure there is plenty of access, run more busses out there, more often, til 2 am. Make sure there's plenty of bus service, maybe even build some nice large covered bus stops at Stickney and at Siesta Drive. Try new advertising approaches with SCAT.
01/10/2019 2:48 PM

Traffic is abominable and parking is difficult. Maybe charge to park, except for locals who pay taxes to support Siesta/Sarasota.
01/10/2019 1:55 PM

As a local we do not go there during season. Too much traffic. We do not understand how having paid parking will stop all the traffic during season? And than taxes will go up to pay for installation of meters and enforcement.
01/10/2019 11:27 AM

Of course it can get congested, but that's understood when you have such an international gem. We know to go early if we want to spend the day during season. Additional parking would be welcome, but not paid parking. I've had to do that in Englewood and it's annoying.
01/10/2019 11:24 AM

Pay to park for out -of-towners - COUNTY RESIDENTS PARK FREE
01/10/2019 11:16 AM

I think paid parking is a great idea for the revenue it will bring and also maybe all the single people that drive to the beach will start to carpool!!!! If you are a local you know to expect traffic out there and plan accordingly. The place where more parking is needed is near the village.
01/10/2019 11:02 AM

Public input participation residency overview

Full-time 76.3% Part-time 17.2% Not a resident of Sarasota County 6.5%

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Word cloud of words most referenced in the Siesta Key Traffic and Parking Public Input Forms. Words most referenced: Parking, Beach, Traffic