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Gasparilla Roads Closing, Parking A Definite Pain

Jan 26, 2018

If you’re a fan of pirates or hockey, downtown Tampa’s where you want to be this weekend. Problem is, it may not be so easy to navigate your way there.

With hundreds of thousands of people expected to take part in either Saturday’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest or the NHL All-Star Game festivities, Tampa City officials are closing a lot of routes in and around downtown, Bayshore Boulevard and the Amalie Arena.

No Parking signs are up and in effect now on many south Tampa neighborhood streets, and Police officials say they will be towing any vehicles found in closed-off streets. (See detailed list below).

There are parking garages that will be open all weekend, most of which will cost $10 per vehicle .

Parking Options

·         Tampa Convention Center Garage (Tampa St. & Brorein St.), $10 per vehicle.

·         Ft. Brooke Garage (Whiting St., between Franklin St. & Florida Ave.), $10 per vehicle.

·         Poe Garage (Ashley St., south of Cass St.) $10 per vehicle. Due to the parade route this garage will be closed from 1:00pm until 6:00pm. Customers will not be able to enter or exit this garage until after 6:00pm. For those attending the Straz 8:30pm show Poe Garage will reopen at 6:30pm and there will be a $10 flat rate.

·         Twiggs St. Garage (Twiggs St., west of Nebraska Ave.) normal hourly rates of $1.20/hr, with a $7 daily maximum. This will be an automated facility with a paystation collecting payment on the exit.

·         Centro Ybor Garage (5th Ave and 15th St) standard hourly rate, $9 maximum.

·         Palm Ave Garage (13th St and 9th Ave) standard hourly rate with a $9 maximum.

·         Royal Regional Lot (Tampa St. & Fortune St.) $10 per vehicle.

Meters south of Kennedy Blvd. and on Kennedy Blvd will be enforced until midnight.

Be sure to follow WUSFNews online and on Twitter and Facebook  for updates on traffic as well as highlights of all the events.

Here’s the list of streets that will be closed throughout the Gasparilla parade:

Friday, Jan. 26 @ 10 PM

·         Bayshore Blvd from Gandy Blvd to Platt St

·         Bay to Bay from Bayshore Blvd to Ysabella St

·         Davis Islands Bridge Off Ramp onto NB Bayshore Dr

Saturday, Jan. 27 @ 3 AM

·         Bayshore Blvd from Brorein St to Platt St

·         Platt St / Channelside Dr from Plant Ave to Franklin St

Saturday, Jan. 27 @ 5:30 AM

·         Selmon Expressway - EB Willow Ave Off Ramp (Exit 4)

·         Willow Ave from Platt St to Swann Ave (SB lanes closed only, 1-way NB)

Saturday, Jan. 27 @ 7 AM

·         Ashley Dr from Brorein St to Jackson St

·         Brorein St from Florida Ave to Parker St

·         Franklin St from Channelside Dr to Harbour Island Bridge

·         Old Water St from Florida Ave to Franklin St

·         Washington St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St

·         Whiting St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St

·         Whiting St from Florida Ave to Franklin St (WB)

·         Selmon Expressway EB Morgan off ramp (6B)

Saturday, Jan. 27 @ 9 AM

·         Kennedy from Hyde Park Ave to Ashley Dr (EB)

·         Jackson St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St

·         Kennedy Blvd from Florida Ave to Plant Ave (WB)

·         Madison St from Ashley Dr to Florida Ave

·         Twiggs St from Ashley Dr to Florida Ave

·         Zack St from Ashley Dr to Florida Ave

·         Polk St from Ashley Dr to Florida Ave

·         Cass St (EB) from Willow Ave to Doyle Carlton (Poe Exit)

Saturday, Jan. 27 @ 11 AM

·         Cass St from Willow Ave to N Blvd

·         North A St from Willow Ave to Newport Ave

·         North B St from Willow Ave to Newport Ave

·         Fig St from Willow Ave to Gilchrist Ave

·         Carmen St from Willow Ave to Delaware Ave

·         Newport Ave from Cass St to North A St

·         Gilchrist Ave from Cass St to Fig St

Saturday, Jan. 27 @ 1 PM

·         Cass St from Doyle Carlton Dr to Tampa St

·         Tyler St from Ashley Dr to Tampa St

Saturday, Jan. 27 @ 3 PM

·         Bay-to-Bay Blvd from MacDill Ave to Ysabella Ave (EB)

·         Swann Ave from MacDill Ave to Armenia Ave (EB lanes closed only, 1-way WB)

·         Platt St at Howard Ave (EB)

·         Platt St at S Blvd (EB)

·         Willow Ave from Kennedy Blvd to Cleveland St

·         Willow Ave from Cleveland St to Platt St (SB)

·         South Blvd from Kennedy Blvd to Cleveland St

·         South Blvd from Cleveland St to Platt St (SB)

·         Whiting St from Tampa St to Franklin St

Saturday, Jan. 27 @ 5 PM

·         Kennedy Blvd at Himes Ave (EB)

·         Kennedy Blvd at MacDill Ave (EB)

·         Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

·         Kennedy Blvd at Howard Ave (EB)

·         Kennedy Blvd at Willow Ave (EB)

·         Kennedy Blvd at Blvd (EB)