BY BUDDY NEVINS
Parking around the Broward courthouse is about to get harder.
Courthouse employees were told this week that approximately 250 spaces in the parking garage at the corner of Southeast Sixth Avenue and Third Street are being closed to them and the public starting immediately.
The spaces will be given to residents of a neighboring condominium under a previous agreement inked by the county commission 16 years ago.
Court deputies and other employees are livid.
“We’re losing a lot of our parking, conmplained Joe Sanfonti, a court deputy. “If we need to park, we’ll be out of luck.
“We’re going to have a lot of employees and jurors who will be late because of this. If the garage is filled, they’ll be driving around looking for a space, said Iris Siple, chief administrator of the Clerk of Courts.
Jurors, employees and visitors to the courthouse park in the 2,200-space structure. Also parking in the garage are residents of the nearby apartment condominiums.
Condominium residents have the right to park in the garage under a 1993 agreement signed by the county commissioners. The 99-year deal allows the condominium to the exclusive use of spaces in the garage for $27-per-month, according to a Sun-Sentinel article at the time.
The apartment building exercised their right to 250 spaces this week.