Meeting on parking ban for San Antonio's St. Mary's Strip nearly rides off the rails

At the hastily announced meeting, bar owners, staff and patrons said the city's proposal hit them by surprise and could damage their livelihoods.

By Sanford Nowlin

A crowd of St. Mary's Strip business owners and their supporters pushed back at a city plan to ban overnight parking near the popular nightlife area as a Saturday morning meeting to discuss the proposal boiled over into chaos. District 1 Councilman Mario Bravo and San Antonio Parking Enforcement Manager Martin Ruiz endured catcalls, boos and derisive laughter as they offered up vague details about a year-long pilot program that would grant free parking permits to residents near the Strip but prohibit anyone else from parking overnight...

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