Reconfigured lots increase downtown public parking by 24 spaces

The City of Stuart this week announced it has converted 24 spaces in three downtown parking lots to public parking. The spaces, in the parking lots in front of City Hall at 121 SW Flagler Avenue and adjacent to the City Hall Annex at 300 St. Lucie Boulevard, were previously designated for employees of the city Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Effective this week all employee parking has been relocated to the lot in front of the former Dockside Restaurant, making all 76 spaces in the three city hall lots available to the public. In addition, the Dockside lot will be available for public parking on weekends and weekdays after 5:00 p.m.

“The availability of convenient parking is vital to the success of our downtown shops and restaurants, as well as the Lyric Theatre and Lyric Flagler Center,” said City Manager, Paul Nicoletti. “The city hall parking lots are the closest lots to historic downtown shopping and dining. Relocating employee parking is one way we can support our businesses by making it easier for customers to patronize these downtown locations.”

New signage has been installed at all three locations designating the lots as public parking. The lots will be subject to the same three hour parking guidelines that are in place throughout the downtown area. The Sailfish Shuttle will continue to provide service to downtown from all parking lots in the area including the city hall lots and the Kiwanis Park and Sailfish satellite lots.

The City of Stuart is a coastal community of approximately 16,000 on the East Coast of Florida. The local economy focuses on trade and services with a stable population base that includes approximately 30-percent retirees. The city’s utility services provide water treatment, distribution and collection and wastewater treatment and disposal to the 6.8 square-mile city as well as some unincorporated parts of Martin County. The city is directed by the Board of Commissioners, which meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 5:30 in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, please visit www.cityofstuart.com.