Downtown parking could change soon

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News 12 First at Five / Thursday, May 23, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- For now, you can park just about anywhere in downtown Augusta and not worry about a ticket.

"It will affect my business if we don't have some kind of parking management. How long will the commission wait to put in that two-hour rule?" said Book Tavern Owner David Hutchinson.

The commission has waited two weeks to enforce the parking ordinance already in place.

Hutchinson recently set up shop at the J.B. White's Building after moving from his old spot on Broad Street. He was there for eight years.

"If we want to have downtown filled with people, we have to find a way to keep people from parking in front of stores all day long," Hutchinson said.

"At some point, we are going to have to talk about price. How much is it going to cost to park there?" said City Administrator Fred Russell.

Seventy to 80 percent of downtown business on 11th and Broad signed a petition to repeal the two-hour limit. What works for one end of the street may not work for the other.

"We've already been down here with no parking management for years. We've seen the effects of it," Hutchinson said.

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