Master Plan: parking lots and parking garages

The University of West Florida is growing and changing in many different ways, from the number of students, to the activities on campus, but the one thing that hasn’t changed, is that students are still complaining about the number of parking spaces that are available on campus. In UWF’s ten year master plan the school is planning on adding six parking garages in order to increase the number of parking spaces on campus.

“Currently, there are 5,800 parking spaces on campus,” said Chip Chism manager of the Parking and Transportation services.

Many students who commute complain about finding a good place to park on campus, and if they park illegally they complain about having to pay the fee for the offense.

“I think they (parking officials) should be a little bit more lenient on the ticket giving,” said Becca Hill, a sophomore chemistry and pre-med major. “Especially when it’s time for classes to start and people are running late, and can’t find a parking space, so they’re going to park wherever they can find a parking spot.

“I know that a lot of students try to park close to their classes, but when I walk through the parking lots between classes I hardly see an open spot unless it is faculty and staff parking,” Hill added. “I know a lot of resident parking spots stay empty most of the time. Those empty spots could be used for commuters because the commuter spots fill up pretty fast.”

Not all of the spaces are being used and students are still complaining.

Chism also has a bet for any student that has a problem finding a spot to park on campus.

“I have a standing  bet with anyone, and you can put this on your blog,, if there’s ever a time I can’t find the person making  that claim  a place to park on this campus, I’ll take them to lunch anywhere in the state of Florida, because we simply have more parking then we need right now,” said  Chism.  “It’s just it isn’t where people want it to be.”

The University of West Florida is going to build six parking garages to help with student parking because of the increase in the number of students. The parking garage will be built over the next 10 years.  The parking garages will be located in popular sections on campus.

Many students are in favor of having parking garages added in the future.

“I do believe that it would help,” said Tanner Hetherington, a sophomore marine biology major. “Yeah, I think it would make it more convenient for most people, faculty and students alike.”

It would cost millions of dollars and would take years to build. To get funding to build would mean that the money would have to come from the students’ pockets in the form of paying more for parking passes and ticket offenses.

One student agrees on building a parking garage but is worried about our wild life.

“One of the things we brand ourselves as is a wildlife preservation and I feel like if we tear it down to build a parking garage  then we either should not build it or we shouldn’t call ourselves a wildlife preservation because obviously it’s not high on our agenda,” said  Joe Napier, a  junior  public relations major.

A walk in the University woods…

Hi Blog world,

On Wednesday, My environmental reporting class when to the University woods to learn and connect to nature. I was a little bit nervous about going onto the hike because of my low vision, but with the help of my friends, to be my sighted guide I was able to go on the hike.


We first went to the land that had wood chips on it and we learned that it has to be cleaned out every few years. But it hasn’t been clean, and the walk through it was very deep.


Then we went and saw the oldest oak tree at the school. It was very big and it was so cool to look at and touch.


After this we went onto the main part of the hike, and it was very bumpy. Again my friends helped me out; we went slow and took our time. We saw the Eagle net. It was on top of a very big pine tree.  It was very cool to look at. I wanted to know if there were any babies in the nest but I didn’t get a chance to ask my teacher about it.


My most favorite part of the trip was when my friend and I were allowed a few minutes alone, my friend heard a bird noise and I wanted to leave, thinking something was going to run after us, but when we turned around we saw the Eagle! It was so pretty.

The Eagle

I would like to take this time to thank my friend Christienne for being my sighted guide, along with Naomi for your help too. It was a fun day.

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene


David Barstow’s 8 P.M. lecture

Hi Blog world,

Last night I went to the 8 P.M. lecture by David Barstow. He started out by telling us a story about how someone had an $80,000 contract on his life. He was worried about his safety. His paper that he was working for at the time sent out six ex-navy seals for protection. After a few days of being watched, he took his family to Disney for three days and the person who was threatening him, was prosecuted and sent to jail.

He talked about the freedom of information act and how as Journalist we are having a hard time getting the information that we need.  Many journalists now quit perusing the information rather than fight for the information that they need to write their stories.  Also there are so many people taking up Public Relations that Journalism is dying. But there is hope, because there are journalists in my generation fighting for the right to be good reporters.

During a short Question and Answer session after the lecture he gave students an opportunity to ask questions. One of those questions was:” How do students get a good career? ”  His answer was simple, “Find a good teacher, editor that will teach you about your mistakes and to let you know that it’s OK to make mistakes.” He also said to set goals for yourself.

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene