Parking frustrations hit Indian Rocks Beach

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida -- Enough is enough. Some people living on Indian Rocks Beach say they are fed up with the out-of-town guests not following the rules. They say they can handle a little litter here and there, but when it comes to the amount of parking issues taking place, something needs to be done.

"If there's a car here you have to walk out on the street," says Rebecca Sacra, who has lived on Indian Rocks Beach for five years and is fed up with people not parking where they are supposed to.

"It's a real safety issue," she says. "If there's parking on both sides, you can't get a fire truck down the road."

Even on a beach access street -- where there's plenty of public parking -- those spots fill up quickly so residents says out-of-towners are pulling into spots marked for residents only.

"I think you'll see more restrictions," says City Manager Gregg Mimms, who says he understands resident's concerns. "Tourism's up 20% over last year and we get our share of people going to the beach."

He admits the city needs to crack down on those violating the laws.

"Enforcement of parking dropped off the past couple of years, but since January, they've stepped up," says Mimms.

Mimms says he's going to recommend to the commission they also put up more no parking signs on certain streets.

For Sacra, she doesn't mind the visitors, she just wants everyone to mind the rules.

"We don't want to be elite community we want people to come visit, but we don't want to be taken advantage of."

Mimms' parking recommendations will be taken to the commission on Aug. 8.

If parking tickets are enforced on Indian Rocks Beach it cost $20 as of now.

Other communities along the Gulf have also enforced parking recently. On St. Pete Beach and Pass-A Grille a ticket will cost you $20. On Clearwater, the fine is $100 and on Anna Maria Island it's $35.


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