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Letter: In Response to ‘Why Can’t Port Washington Be More Like Port Jefferson?’

For many years Port Washington had successful thriving shops. The shops were supported by the local residents, many times run by a resident or family that had run it for years. You could walk down Main Street and know every shopkeeper. The hardware stores were busy; there was a line to get into the delis and the Italian store. There were six or seven liquor stores. The “fine” restaurants were always full. As I said, a successful, busy town. There was no “tier” parking or hotel. Then came the large mall, Internet shopping and the biggest cause of all, real estate taxes. The little shopkeeper can not keep up with the competition and pay tremendous rent caused by very high taxes.

Tier parking will bring more cars to Port, but the occupants will be getting off or on the train, they will not be stopping to shop. Tier parking will provide a haven for undesirables to “hang out.” Will women feel safe getting to their car in the darkness? I wouldn’t and I have lived in Port Washington for years. There are other possibilities for parking which can be pursued and not at the cost of $60,000, per parking space. Bigger is not always better. So, Mr. Helft, Port Washington cannot be like Port Jefferson. Port Washington is not even the Port Washington it used to be. Leave what’s left of it alone.

Phyllis Scobbo