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Parking Information
Venues Global Issues at The First United Methodist Church, 104 S Pineapple Ave

There are several options for nearby parking. Please note that there is construction activity and detour signs near the church, but they do not impede access to parking buildings or the church.

  • State Street Parking Garage has entrances on State Street as well as Ringling Blvd. Free parking for 3 hrs, $3 per hr after that. A walking distance of 2 blocks. Level 1 and 2 have a 2-hour limit, upper levels allow longer parking. (From the garage, walk down State Street toward the Church. In blocks turn left onto S. Lemon Ave. and walk toward Pineapple Ave. Turn right onto Pineapple and the Church entrance is on the left.)
  • Palm Avenue Parking Garage behind the Opera House. Entrance is on the northwest side of the building turning off Palm Ave (Louies Modern restaurant is at the corner where you turn). Free parking for 3 hrs, $3 per hr after that. A walking distance of 3 blocks.
  • Whole Foods Market Garage. Free parking on Levels 2, 3, 4 and a walking distance of about 3 blocks
  • We understand that more restrictive parking fee structures are expected to be implemented in the near future.

    Please do NOT park in the Church's small lot in the back of the Church. It is used for Church business.


    Handicapped Parking: There are a few handicap spots at the rear of the First United Methodist Church.

    Free Sarasota ChargePoint Electric Vehicle chargers:
    - State Street Parking Garage 2 chargers on the 2nd level
    - Palm Street parking structure 2 chargers on the 2nd level
    - At the bus terminal behind Whole Foods 1 charger