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Augusta Commissioners Debate Downtown Parking

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Augusta Commissioners may have hit their limit when it comes to parking downtown.

As we first reported, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office has suspended enforcing the two hour limit until city leaders come up with parking plan.

Commissioners are debating downtown parking Tuesday afternoon, aware that many businesses there do not want the two hour limit enforced.

But, Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson says that's not the best solution for downtown in the long term. "We can't do it. When you look at retail, it's going to kill the retail business. If you allow anybody to just park there throughout the day for eight hours a day, you've got somebody coming to patronize a store and can't get in there. They're going to get a little frustrated and they're going to leave when people are coming to spend money they want convenience," said Johnson, who supports the temporarily enforcement ban.

Johnson supports having the Commisison form a subcommittee to study downtown parking problems and recommend a solution.

About two dozen businesses in the 1200 block of Broad Street have signed a petition requesting the city not enforce the two hour limit in the Broad Street medians.

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