Pay to park in Seaside?

Discussion in 'All About SoWal' started by Mightyern, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. shesgottasurf

    shesgottasurf Beach Lover

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    I wonder how the merchants of Seaside feel about this. Personally, I detest valet parking and paying to park, and there's no way I will pay to go shop or to eat out around here. There are too many other fantastic restaurants and shops in the area to choose from where I can pay $5 less for dinner, not hand strangers my keys, not worry about what I left in the car while i'm there, etc, etc, etc.

    How might this affect the surrounding areas? You know people will park in front of the shops of Watercolor or in the Watercolor and Seagrove (AND Seaside) neighborhoods and walk in to Seaside to avoid valet... I am finding it very hard to believe they are trying this out as an option. I think the employee shuttle is a good solution to help ease parking woes, but cutting down on 'traffic' by charging to park? (And granted, I don't know if the idea is to help traffic issues, or WHAT the purpose of this was) If it's to ease traffic, well, less traffic equals less customers, doesn't it? How does this help the merchants of Seaside? As a local, I will never pay to park in Seaside. I doubt I'm the only one.
     
  2. justhavinfun

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    You are not alone! You have to wonder who the rocket scientist was that came up with this idea - Sounds like a good opportunity for one of our newly elected commissioners to address this issue? You also have to wonder if "Seaside" is a private community? If so, who would write the ticket if someone parked in a handicapped spot? The Sheriffs Department or does Seaside now have a private police force? WTF over!!
     
  3. Williams4

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    We love Seaside. Our girls love playing while we grab a coffee. But, we won't pay to park. Looks like we will be walking or going to Alys for coffee and playtime! I sure hope it's not like this during the off season- it's a lose lose for locals an businesses!
     
  4. Jdarg

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    I doubt the BCC has any sway in this, as it is a private community. However, the havoc it could cause on 30A would be an interesting argument.

    I just heard from a reliable source that this is a test for Labor Day and yard sale day.
     
  5. Arkiehawg

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    As a local, I can assure you that unless I can find a free convenient parking spot, Seaside Restaurants won't be getting my business. I won't pay for Valet parking in their quest for greed....
     
  6. shesgottasurf

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    Just heard from a Seaside Merchant that an irate customer came in complaining about getting a $150 ticket for parking in Seaside. (Did not hear where she was parked) She said this is the last time they will be coming to the town. Niiiiiiice job, Seaside!
     
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    Because nothing goes with bargain shopping like paid valet parking! Who are they kidding?
     
  8. JMT

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    Just in time for football season! Wait, what's the latest on TVs?
     
  9. ckhagen

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    They can't possibly enforce that.
     
  10. shesgottasurf

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    I don't think so either, but I don't think the irate guest knew...
     
  11. chanster

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    it seems to me this is a test for next summer to keep the common folk out

    all the common folk are what keeps the business boming in seaside. for principal of it i'd never pay a dime to park. Its insulting as i'm going there to overpay 100% anyway plus they want to charge to park
     
  12. coondog

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    You can thank Robert Davis for the parking fee.
     
  13. Garner

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    My friends who are merchants in Seaside are universally opposed to this. I am hoping that this is truly a one day experiment and the powers that be in Seaside realize the folly. Seaside, this is a big mistake and you are punishing the merchants who make money for you by discouraging the locals from shopping and dining there. Remember, we who live here support Seaside merchants 12 months of the year, not just one week.
     
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  14. tsutcli

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    Yes, this was a trial run from what I was told. Supposed to start Labor Day (crazy ).
     
  15. Beach Runner

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    My opinion is that in the summer until K-12 starts back to school and during Atlanta spring break, the parking fee is justified. During those times, we stop patronizing Seaside because it is too annoying to fight for parking spots. But imposing a parking fee during other than those times of the year is ridiculous. It hurts the merchants. During the high traffic times, the idea of shuttle buses for employees is a great idea -- my brother works for Delta in ATL does that every day. But when traffic on 30A is so sparse that one could bowl on 30A with no danger, the rules should change.
     
  16. rosemarydreamer

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    What has the powers to be in Seaside been smoking? The must be completely out of their pea picking minds. We found this little piece of paradise by accident and ever since we have been coming twice a year for several years. While on 30A we make several trips a day to eat and shop in Seaside. The next great idea that they will want to do is put up a toll booth at each end of the town limits. The first time I'm charged for parking will be my last. I will find another place to spend my money.
     
  17. bluemtnrunner

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    Come to Rosemary Beach! Plenty of free parking. Live music, football on TV. We at Edward's and all of Rosemary welcome you!
     
  18. shellak

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    I am still scratching my head over why we need the TDC to bring in more visitors. If Seaside cannot accommodate parking for current tourists as well as the locals and employees, why would we encourage more people to come here? We already deal with overflow at all the beach accesses, and 30a will not be widened. This stupid charge makes Seaside more elitist and less people friendly. You are dead right about going to the other communities. I, too, feel bad for the Seaside businesses and wonder if they had any input in this decision. We enjoy going to Modica for a beer, coffee, dessert, etc. and shopping in the other stores but we are NOT paying $5.00 for the privilege of paying more money in the first place. I do understand the property owners frustration with the parking but they did know this was a mixed use community, right???
     
  19. hippiechick

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    I live in Seagrove Beach and find myself at Seaside a lot for Modica treats, Sundog books( spend a small fortune there, not to mention Rolland's Beauty Bar where I get my hair done every 4 weeks, and the Pizza Bar, meeting girlfriends at Crush, getting pineapple sorbet, ect ect ect ect

    Now Seaside wants me to pay $5 to park every time I spend my hard earned money at your establishments?
    You know what I say to you Mr Greedy Davis.....********* whoops can't say that but I want to.

    Destin commons here I come! Maybe some of Seasides vendors will move to a more consumer friendly location before they go belly up!
     
  20. Wekick

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    Don't they want to get rid of the vendors anyway? They can build more condos that way. That's the plan right?
     

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