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Parking problems plague St. Pete Beach

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They're not serving burgers or fries at closed restaurant under renovation in St.Pete Beach. But the parking lot is jammed.

Despite the holiday crackdown on lots that charge to park cars, the lot, and many like it, are open for business.

A Pinellas code deputy issued a warning.

“Oh yeah, I'm worried about it because every time they pass by, I'm trying to see if they're gonna come back, or is that just a citation for the day?” said lot attendant Shomara Calhoun.

The owner of the Finish Line scooter store called 8 On Your Side, concerned the rules for parking aren't being enforced fairly.

John Leonard usually puts 34 cars on his slice of land for $20 each.

A deputy warned Leonard he could be fined and arrested. Leonard decided to forgo the holiday cash. It's a pain for visitors and for his wallet.

“Bottom line: not only do they not park here, they do not come inside. They do not purchase anything. Our rentals have cut way back,” said Leonard.

Just down the road, the owner of The Toasted Monkey Restaurant used to send customers to the scooter store and other lots, but can't do that anymore.

She’d like to see the rules changed, so small lot operators can continue to collect cash.

“It certainly would help us all,” said Belinda Albert.

A St. Pete Beach Commissioner said she was not familiar with the parking crackdown.

We could not reach the Interim City Manager because she is on vacation.

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