Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - October 22, 2019
October 22, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #43

No Parking Ordinance 19-43 - Authorization to Advertise Proposed Amendment for Four Road Segments


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Aaron Burkett, Traffic Operations Division Manager, Ext. 7509

Clarke Davis, Deputy Director, Traffic Management, Ext. 7272

Action Requested
Authorize staff to advertise proposed amendments to No Parking Ordinance 19-43 in accordance with Florida Statute.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statute, Chapters 166.041 - Procedures for Adoption of Ordinances and Resolutions, and 316.008 - Powers of Local Authorities.

Background Discussion

Recommendation to amend Manatee County Code 2-22-24 relating to Stopping, Standing and Parking. The amendment includes a newly proposed parking restriction for:

  • The Masters Avenue from Lorraine Road east to Lake Club Boulevard/Ravelston Boulevard
  • 44th Avenue East from Lakewood Ranch Boulevard to White Eagle Boulevard
  • Wood Fern Trail from Lakewood Ranch Boulevard to 44th Avenue East
  • White Eagle Boulevard from Seabrook Avenue to 44th Avenue East

The request for No Parking signs was originated by representatives of the Manatee Sheriff's Office (MSO). The concern is that parents are parking along these portions of the County right-of-way to pick up students from school creating safety concerns.

The proposed parking restriction is related to the nearby Willis Elementary School, Mona Jain Middle School, and Gullet Elementary School.  Parents are not using the designated on-site pick up areas and are parking along the shoulder of the road waiting for students to be released from school.  This creates a few potential safety concerns for drivers and pedestrians. The desire would be to restrict parking in the right-of-way in an effort to improve safety.

The proposed no parking ordinance would restrict vehicles parking in the right-of-way at the above named locations. The restrictions would be in effect Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

MSO requests the restriction be in-place from 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  However, to remain consistent with existing school related No Parking ordinances, staff recommends the 6:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. period.

Additionally, there are existing designated bicycle lanes along these roadways. In accordance with State Statute 316.1945, parking within a designated bicycle lane is prohibited and may be enforced by issuing a citation to the driver or in certain situations by attaching a citation to the vehicle. Despite the statutory provision, MSO requested the County restriction and signage to allow for what they perceive as more efficient enforcement.

Public Works staff has coordinated with the County Attorney's Office to draft this ordinance and requests authorization to advertise the proposed No Parking Ordinance 19-43.  If approved, the draft ordinance will be appropriately advertised then presented at the November 19, 2019, Board meeting for public hearing and final approval.

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
525/Advertisement & Signs/ 1010020707/Traffic Operations

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$10/Year maintenance per sign

Attachment:  Ordinance No. 19-43.pdf
Attachment:  Section 2-22-24, Manatee County Ordinances.pdf
Attachment:  Section 316.1945, Florida Statutes.pdf
Attachment:  Response Memo to CAO Matter No. 2019-0472.pdf
Attachment:  Proposed Parking Restriction Area Map.pdf