Parking meters are an eyesore, complicated machines for many and completely unnecessary ANYWHERE in Vero.
If the proponents intent is to provide doorstep parking on demand for their customers, meters will NOT provide such. Meters do not give any business “reserved parking spaces”.
Meters are a regressive tax on customers (AND Beachside businesses) and will allow ANYONE to pay to park in the space (owned by the City of Vero Beach).
First come, first served.
I am a beachside resident and employee at Cravings. I ride my bike, walk or drive my car multiple times along Cardinal and Ocean Drive daily and never see the parking problem that seems to be exaggerated by some. The problem I do see is that we are all a tad spoiled by expecting (and often finding) doorstep parking along Ocean Drive and it’s connecting streets.
Even I become a little impatient if I cannot park exactly where I want to park. BUT, the reality is I CAN find a spot a block or two away. Walking is not a bad thing ladies and gentleman. In walking a few blocks to your destination (unless you are handicapped), you may enjoy the benefits of stretching your legs, inhaling the Ocean air, meeting a new dog and its owner(s) and you might even discover a new park or business in our thriving and unique Beachside business area.
Dumping meters Beachside is a shortsighted, knee jerk band-aid aimed at parking which, isn’t even the real problem.
JUST SAY NO
One last thought: It would be interesting to know whom the “preferred vendor” of these proposed meters is and who stands to benefit from a lucrative contract to install, service and operate these parking meters/kiosks?
Sherry Nist Corey is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Vero Communiqué.
Vero Communiqué is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
Ms. Corey’s opinions are her own and not those of Vero Communiqué.
Ms. Corey lived in Mexico City for two of her elementary school years. This experience was responsible for her love for language, culture, Spanish and the adventures of living abroad.
Sherry graduated with a BA from the University of South Carolina Honors College in Columbia, South Carolina with a double-major in Economics & International Studies.