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Wilmington City Council tables downtown parking changes

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Business owners and members of the public turned out at Tuesday's Wilmington City Council meeting anxious to hear how the council would vote on a possible hike in downtown parking rates.

After Parking Manager Betty Gurganus presented reasons to raise the rates to the council, members voted to table the ordinance until its first meeting in August.

Several council members said they were hesitant to vote on the measure before getting public reaction. They also expressed wanting more time to look at how the revenue trends are affected over the next few months.

The council is considering hiking rates to cover a projected $800,000 shortfall in next year's parking fund.

The measure would increase evening parking deck fees from $5 to $7, change the first 90 minutes free in the city's second and market street decks to the first hour free and extend parking meter hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on most downtown streets.

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I've given this careful thought....

As soon as someone parks, boot their car and make them pay $50 before they can LEAVE!

Oh, they'll initially argue and refuse to pay. As soon as thhe Sun starts dipping low, however, when the first howls start coming from the bars and the first drunken homeless zombie walks by reeking of ureene d'jour cologne, they'll be reaching for their wallet.

Another option to consider, since the police are already armed, is to simply authorize them to start robbing people at gunpoint. That's the entire mindset of the city council, anyway. "What's yours is ours."

WTF is wrong with you people?

Why do you hate downtown so much. I don't see parking meters in mayfair. That is a fake downtown. Between special tax rates, bad publicity from all news media, and now overpriced parking, what has the potential to be the best part of Wilmington will be destroyed. Don't forget the students getting tickets while in class, and the employees who staff downtown establishments. It shouldn't cost me $10.00 dollars a daym to go to work!!!!

Pay more to park? Seriously.

Pay more to park? Seriously. Who cares about parking when you can ride a bike and park for FREE!!!!! Stop spending money you DON'T have and then raising rates to cover your butt and everything will be fine.

bike

Really? What if you live 15 miles away..... what if you have shopping bags? May work for you its just not for everyone is it?

Well, if you live 15 miles

Well, if you live 15 miles away and you ride your bike, you will be one fit lad or lady in two months. Well, what if you have shopping bags? I live downtown and I cant remember the last time I had a shopping bag from a store downtown, there are only 5 clothing stores, 10,000 bars and about 9 restaurants. In the hypothetical situation that you did have a shopping bag, buy a basket or rack for your bike.

Physically fit.....

....and smelling like a goat all day at work! (You may have access to a shower at work, but few people do.)

BTW, I don't believe that Das restricted her shopping to downtown. Suppose she lives in Ogden and wants to pick up something for dinner at Harris Teeter on the way home? Hey Das! Check e-Bay for one of those HUGE baskets in front of the handlebars, like delivery boys used fifty years ago.

Why not just strap on the ol' ALICE pack and walk the fifteen miles to work? If you leave at 0400 you can be to work before 0800 and home by 2000. Plus, you have room to carry lots of groceries.

No, wait.....SOME groceries. You need room for ammo, too, because in the evening you had better strap on the ol' M-16A2 as well, or you might not make it home. Remember the pack's quick realease feature if they start closing in on you somewhere on Dawson or Carolina Beach Road.

Downtown Parking

I don't know why I am still surprised at the lack of common sense and lack of foresight displayed by politicians at every level from Community to National.

They can NOT see beyond raising taxes and fees to solve budget issues. It is a proven fact that doing so does not improve revenue in the long term and in many cases can hurt their bottom line.

Let's make this simple, the citizens as a whole do NOT have anymore money for you to take. Many are without jobs and the vast majority with jobs haven't seen a raise in years due to the economy. We pay more for groceries, utilities, gas, etc. so there is less and less available for leisure. If it costs more to go downtown...we will have to go less. Here is an idea, find ways to make it more economical to come downtown and enjoy ourselves. We will stay longer, eat dinner, shop and enjoy the nightlife. ALL of these things generate tax revenue far quicker than parking fees. Stimulate the economy with opportunity rather than stymie with taxes and fees.

Is this really that difficult of a concept to master?

Appartently

Appartently