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Parking Fee Protests from Huntington Residents and Business Owners

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The Village Tattler spoke for the people and the Town of Huntington heard our objections to the new parking meters.
The recent increase in parking fees–from 25 cents and hour to $1.00 an hour–with the newly installed multi-space meters on Main Street and New York Avenue has angered many locals who have protested and petitioned the Town of Huntington (TOH). The TOH has responded by adjusting the parking fees in the downtown area; if paid in cash, the meters will now accept 25 cents for 15 minutes. However, if paying with a credit card, it will still cost you $1.00 for 15 minutes up to 1 hour.
Other changes to meters on downtown side street include 30-minute increments at 25 cents, 50 cents for 1 hour. There was no option before for partial hour purchases at either Main Street/NY Avenue meters or on side streets.
Meters will be reprogrammed sometime next week; be sure to check information on the meters before assuming any changes as parking tickets for violations will be $50.00.
If you drive around town these days, you will notice lots of empty parking spaces on main streets and side streets, while municipal lots are packed. Clearly, the meters did not solve parking issues in the town.
Let Village Tattler know how you feel about the parking fee adjustments by taking the poll and commenting.

 

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3 comments to Parking Fee Protests from Huntington Residents and Business Owners

  • rosy gallica

    I have not used the Main st meters yet. Can I purchase “time” in multiples of 15 minutes in cash? This is similar to what one can purchase with these meters in NYC areas. Regarding the higher rate for credit cards usage I would deduce that it is mostly due to the fees imposed by the CC companies! TOH would owe the CC company for a 25 cent charge, just saying…

  • Jim

    If you drive around town these days, you will notice lots of empty parking spaces on main streets and side streets, while municipal lots are packed. Clearly, the meters did not solve parking issues in the town.

    How can you draw that conclusion if there are empty parking spaces? If there are places to park on Main St. and surrounding streets, isn’t that what we’re trying to accomplish?

  • My Town Too

    No – the empty spots on the streets are in protest over the increased fees!

    Now that one can pay 25 cents for 15 mins, people will start using the parking spots for quick stops at the coffee shop or to pick up their take-out dinner or dry cleaning etc. No one wanted to pay $1 for that!!!

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