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Put A Bullet Through A Parking Meter For Charity?

Sarasota City Commissioner thinks it would be a fun charity event to shoot bullets at the city's old parking pay stations.

Sarasota is trying to figure out how it will unload all of those the city commission decided to get rid of without much luck, though some creative solutions are being presented.

Would you put a bullet through one if you had the chance? Commissioner Shannon Snyder thinks so.

“I say we have a fundraiser down at the gun range with one of them and put it on YouTube and see how fast everyone negotiates,” Snyder said, as the commission laughed when he brought up the idea at the commission's meeting Monday, July 2. “We’re getting paid for a product that doesn’t work, and if that’s what they want then we should demonstrate to everyone what they think about their product and how well it worked.

“They would think twice about negotiating pennies on the dollar. Sometimes you gotta play hardball with everybody.”

“I think it would be a great charity event,” Snyder continued. “Take all the people that hate them down there and five dollars a piece with a slug, I think we’d make a fortune.”

Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown said staff is exploring selling the 47 pay stations to other jurisdictions from around the country after it found that pay station manufacturer Duncan would settle to pay the city $1,000 to reacquire each meter. However, each meter cost the city $7,000, Brown said. That would still be a $282,000 deficit.

The city’s contract with Duncan also didn’t provide any power to place blame on Duncan for faulty equipment or breach of contract, Brown added.

“The terms of the contract ties our hands in terms of what we can do with the company,” Brown said. 

It’s unclear if the commission would eventually pull the trigger on Snyder's proposal or keep it in their holster while staff explores the sale.

Patricia Horwell July 03, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Advocating the use of guns for a fund-raiser? How responsible.
Bill July 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM
What cretin thought of this? Gee, maybe the meters are threatening us and we need to stand our ground! Looks like not all fools live in Tallahassee.
Don Hill July 03, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Fantastic idea! Set up a five-station (parking meter) course, along the lines of the Police Pistol Proficiency Course, and charge $10... $2 a pop, pun intended, for any extra round fired. Properly marketed, the City could turn a tidy profit
Don Hill July 03, 2012 at 01:33 PM
@Patrica @Bill... this is not the gunfight at the OK Corral... but since you both seem to be so politically correct, think of it as a message to the "greedy corporations"... or just stay home & let the rest of us have some fun. I, for one, accept full responsibility for myself during these festivities. Sheesh!
virginia hoffman July 03, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Shannon is my neighbor, is a good guy and wants whats best for the city, he simply was making a joke. His delivery was a little dry, perhaps that absurdity fits along with the poor out come on those crappy things. No one can deny the city was sold a pile of junk here.
Jim Tate July 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM
The city commissioners thinking has has just gotten bazaar. What a stupid idea. Keep the NRA and guns out of politics. Jim Tate
Brenda Smoak July 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
How about we do like the City of Portland, Oregon and use the parking meters to help the homeless instead.
MariaSRQ July 03, 2012 at 04:37 PM
To Patricia and Bill: Lighten up!
Elizabeth July 03, 2012 at 04:57 PM
If this idea represents the intelligence of our City Commissioners, then we are all in trouble. It is suggesting that it is OK to use guns for ANYTHING ! It also appears that Sarasota City Commissioners wasted our money in their uneducated & misguided purchase of the parking meters in the first place.
Betsy Meyer July 03, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Doesn't the City Attorney review contracts before the Commissioners sign them?
RL Adams July 04, 2012 at 06:46 AM
And would we use the money earned to replace the funds removed from the police and firemen's pension funds? I wish we had a real mayor, instead of 5 people making terrible decisions for our city!
beth colvin July 07, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Always wondered why the city didn't get their money back and now we know..utter incompetence and lack of diligence...after all they were spending our money and didn't care. This is what happens within government at all levels and we are all losers over and over again.
RJ July 08, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Ok? I thought we purchased these meters used in the first place and got some great deal from a company who went out of business. How much could they went down in value?

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