Last night the City Commissioners voted 3-2 to no longer allow arcades to be built over public sidewalks in downtown Sarasota.
Commissioners Shelin and Bilyeu voted against the motion to disallow arcades. Commission Shelin indicated that he was against arcades but did not vote for the motion because the option to allow galleries was not also removed.
Approximately 150 people attended Monday's City Commission Meeting to let let our commissioners know how they felt about arcades. Twenty eight people spoke.
Of the speakers, 18 opposed arcades and 6 indicated they thought an option for arcades should be retained. The other speakers discussed other code issues only (design standards).
Those that favored retaining arcades in the public space were primarily landowners, developers and land use lawyers working for developers.
Save Our Sarasota would like to thank everyone that participated in this community discussion. Many people called or wrote commissioners to let them know how they felt about this issue, others also attended the meeting and some of those spoke. Public participation and civic leaders that engage the public and listen make for a strong community.
Thanks to all.