The beaches in Manatee County are one of the main reasons many people live and visit the area. Currently, parking spaces are still limited from restrictions in Holmes Beach placed during the pandemic. Most places in Florida are now fully open with all pandemic restrictions lifted. It has been reported the City of Holmes Beach closed street parking to stop people from coming to the beach and the Mayor of Holmes Beach recently stated she has no intention to re-open those spots to all Manatee County residents and its tourists.
“Manatee County beaches belong to all citizens. You shouldn’t have to be able to afford a home on Anna Maria Island to have access to your beach.” said Van Ostenbridge.
All beaches in Manatee County are owned and maintained by county tax dollars. Manatee County Commissioners would like to see the spots opened back up to the public to give greater access to parking for all residents and visitors. Removing the restrictions would open over 1,600 parking spaces for all to use.
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