Worth Avenue businesses don’t want parking meters
Merchants concerned that town’s proposals won’t go over with shoppers, will hurt sales.
At the Worth Avenue Association meeting Wednesday, President Marley Herring asked the group of business owners and managers how many would support installing parking meters on the Avenue. Dozens of businesspeople were in the room. Zero hands went up.
The Town Council soon will consider options to make changes to parking throughout the island, including adding meters to shopping districts. The money collected at the meters would help balance the budget, and town officials hope it would move traffic in and out more quickly than the current setup of free, mostly two-hour parking.
But several merchants said meters would create problems for elderly customers who wouldn’t know how to pay through an app. Some said it might hurt the businesses because customers may not want to pay to park when they haven’t had to before.
The biggest problem is that businesses are not ponying up to pay for their employees to park in any of the nearby paid lots, said Ed Kassatly, co-owner of Kassatly’s. Those include the Apollo lot behind Tiffany and Co. and the Esplanade lots in the 100 block of the Avenue. If companies don’t pay for their employees to park, the workers are forced to pay for their own parking while they work or to park on the street and move their vehicles every two hours.
Kassatly said he walked the street at 11 a.m. Tuesday and not a single space was available along Worth Ave-
Kassatly Business owner favors alternatives to parking meters.