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Marco Island steps up parking enforcement

Marco Island steps up parking enforcement

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Nov 14, 2012

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - Parking problems in the vicinity of popular beaches on Marco Island has spurred action by the city council and police.

Seven streets (and swale areas) or portions thereof have been declared no parking areas:  S. Collier Blvd., Maple Ave, Seagrape and Swan Drives, as well as Huron and Panama Courts.  No parking zones have been created within 500 feet of the beach access points next to Marriott Crystal Shores and Madeira, which mirrored the existing no parking zones adjacent to Resident’s beach, South Beach and Tigertail beach entrances.     

Additionally, the parking fine for all offenses which has been $30.00 since 1998 has been raised by City Council to $95.00.  (Excluding Handicapped Zone violations which remain $250.00)  Finally, the amended ordnance provides authority for the impoundment of vehicles whose owners have unpaid parking tickets.  

Traffic message boards have been deployed to the area to provide a significant and notable point of public information.  

For the past month, the Marco Island Police Department conducted an educational operation in the new no parking zones in an effort to inform and educate the public.   The Police Department will now begin aggressively enforcing the new parking zone and affiliated regulations.