|Published:||Jul 03, 2013 4:18 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 03, 2013 6:16 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla.- The Fourth of July celebrates freedom. But this year in the city of Naples, you won't have the freedom to park wherever you want to watch the fireworks off the Naples Pier.
"When you have 25,000 people, there's not enough parking spaces," said Mayor John Sorey.
The city has decided to block off some of the best parking. Parking won't be allowed along Gulf Shore Boulevard between South Golf Drive and 18th Avenue South. Mayor John Sorey said it will make it easier for ambulances and other emergency vehicles to respond to calls. And it will also help people leave the area when the fireworks are over.
"It's always been not legal to park on Gulf Shore, we've tried to be accommodating for the fireworks," said Mayor Sorey.
Julie Fredrick said most people park on her lawn which runs along Gulf Shore Boulevard.
"We love being able to just walk out our door and not have to worry about parking, but we have to worry about everyone else parking," said Fredrick.
So this year, she's taking the problem into her own hands and putting out orange cones.
"We like to have people be able to utilize the area and the sidewalks, but not when they're ruining the yards. And hopefully they'll be considerate enough not to move the cones and park anyway," said Fredrick.
People who try to park along Gulf Shore will be asked to move or have their vehicles removed.
"It's not going to be a mystery or anything there's going to be plenty of signs out there and its going to be marked, we're not trying to trick anybody into having their vehicle towed," said Lieutenant John Barley with the Naples Police Department.
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