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Pre-Season Decision on Free Parking in Port Washington During the Holidays

Readers will recall after the holidays last year, a few business owners sent letters to the editor opposing the town’s initiative of offering free parking to shoppers during the holidays. It was an effort on the town’s part to stimulate business for our local merchants by providing free parking by covering up the meters with red bags.

Essentially, the letters pointed out that it is almost impossible for the town to police the parking and that some parkers were abusing the free time on the meters. The businesses that depend on the “quick in and out” for their customers were especially impacted.

At a recent Port Washington Chamber of Commerce meeting, Town of North Hempstead Councilman Fred Pollack advised that he sent a survey to businesses regarding the covering of parking meters for the holiday season.

He received 74 responses, with 40 in favor and 15 against. Several who are against it are located on Port Washington Boulevard, south of Bogart. He said it seems reasonable to continue to bag most of the meters, but not bag the ones in the area where business owners complained.

Dave Allen asked who received the survey. The councilman replied that it went to business owners, not building owners, on Main Street and Port Washington Boulevard.