Augusta city leaders tonight take a pass when it comes to downtown parking.
Augusta Commissioners did not discuss the parking issue and instead will go along with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office decision not to enforce the two hour limit, until city leaders come up with a plan.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver told WJBF News Channel 6, not enforcing the two hour limit will hurt retail businesses. But, the Commissioner representing downtown Augusta says two hour parking is too short.
"Ninety-five percent of the businesses downtown are not in favor of a two hour parking they want to see it unlimited, they feel if they put a two hour parking limit that would discourage people from coming downtown to shop," says Commissioner Bill Fennoy, who represents the First District.
But, Fennoy's position on parking is in direct contrast to Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson, who feels to keep the businesses alive the two hour limit needs to be in place and enforced.
"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," says Johnson.
Johnson wants the parking issue on next week's committee agenda, with Johnson pushing for a subcommittee to be formed to come up with a recommendation on a long term parking solution.
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