Worth Av­enue busi­nesses don’t want park­ing me­ters

Mer­chants con­cerned that town’s pro­pos­als won’t go over with shop­pers, will hurt sales.

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By MATT MOR­GAN

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.

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