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Plandome Road Merchant’s Association Meeting

The parking subcommittee, formed at the last meeting of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce Plandome Road Merchants’ Association, met twice and is pursuing potential solutions for what is a serious problem for both shop owners and the community. “People go to Staples because there’s parking,” Les Forrai, Minuteman Press, said, “but I’m cheaper.”

The use of some form of coupon was discussed at the 8 a.m. gathering on Dec. 5 at Coral Reef Travel, in order to spur sales, that, if sent by mail, a printing of about 5,012 copies would reach “occupants” of the town. Discussion followed as to how each business could promote its own and its neighbor’s business. Memories of yesteryear’s Welcome Wagon surfaced when those new to Manhasset received coupons to local stores. Diane Harragan, Coach Realty, announced her office provides new homeowners with a subscription to the Manhasset Press. Next year late shopping could tie in to the popular Christmas tree lighting ceremony held annually on the first Friday in December, was another suggestion. Various discussions led to a proposal that a mission statement be formulated by the group; possibly a logo too.

Again, creating a Business Improvement District was discussed. Roughly, according to Wikipedia, “a business improvement district (BID) is a defined area within which businesses pay an additional tax or fee in order to fund improvements within the district’s boundaries.” Port Washington, it was said, has an active business improvement district. The next scheduled meeting is 8 a.m, on Jan. 9 at Coach Realty.