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Wilmington City Council extends time on downtown meters

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- If you think downtown parking meters give too little time and encourage too many tickets, you will be happy with a new Wilmington City Council decision.

At this evening's City Council meeting, council agreed to convert one-hour on-street parking limits to two-hour time limits on Front Street between Market and Walnut Streets.

The city discussed collection problems at downtown parking decks and raising parking fees, as well as extending the end of meter times from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. These items were continued, and staff plans to give recommendations to the council within the next few months.

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It's always parking

The city should really look at the parking deck numbers and realize that parking fees hurt business.

Half of the people that use the deck, don't pay any fees. That's because parking is free everywhere else, except the beaches.

They have the monopoly there, the city does not.

If it weren't for the courthouse, three quarters of users of the deck wouldn't even be downtown in the first place.

Keep up the good work councilmen, by the time it's over, there will be nothing to bring anyone to downtown....except the bars...and that will end when the meters go from 6-9pm.

Great, discourage downtown diners!

Extend the parking meters to 9 PM and forget about diners coming to downtown restaurants. No one wants to hop up from their meal to feed a parking meter. What an asinine proposal!

Smart move

Keep the riff-raff downtown! We want everyone else to come to Mayfaire, N. Market, and the beaches! Thank you, City Council.

I have never seen a city

I have never seen a city work against its merchants as much as Wilmington. I would never even consider opening a business where my customers were treated like this. I never go downtown for this very reason. I find it very distasteful to have to pay for the privilege of spending my money.