Cove Parking Lot Suggestion
There has been much discussion of the Cove [Shopping Center] parking lot. I am going to suggest something that I wish the commission would consider at the Sept. 9 meeting.
Please just listen. We model the parking after the public parking garage in the beach area. We close off all entrances and exits to the parking garage, and the main entrance will be off Hillsboro Blvd. where there is a traffic light. A guard house would be set far enough back to avoid stacking up traffic on Hillsboro. At the entrance, there would be a mechanism to provide a parking ticket.
In the public garage, at the exit, tickets are collected. Each of the businesses has a mechanism that validates the parking ticket. At the end of the month, the city will send a bill to the business that has validated the ticket, and that business will pay one dollar for each validated ticket. That way the businesses that utilize the most parking are being assessed according to their usage, and the smaller businesses are not assessed since the first two hours will remain free. After that, the hourly $2 rate becomes effective.
I have been told by the people that run the public garage that, in all probability, the company that supplied our meters would also be able to provide the validation mechanisms for those merchants who request them. This is an equitable way to have those who use the most parking spaces pay the assessment that they claim they are willing to pay.
Mayor Jean Robb
Deerfield Beach, FL
Cove Parking Workshop Short of Ideas
Last Tuesday, August 25, I attended the Public Workshop at City Hall regarding parking meters for The Cove Shopping Center. I expected to see an exchange of ideas, suggestions and/or solutions. This was not what anyone would call a “workshop.” The city has one solution: parking meters. It is not in the best interest of the residents or merchants, but it produces revenue for the city.
How about you get a ticket going in, get a free [validation] stamp from a merchant (or if you only park, you pay) and leave? Why not put this on the next ballot and see if the people want parking meters? There are many ideas/suggestions/etc. out there, but you have to have an exchange at a workshop.
Better yet, why don’t we remain one of the few “nice little cities” in Florida? That’s why we settled in Deerfield Beach, not Miami or Ft. Lauderdale.
Deerfield Beach, FL