West Palm Beach officials and merchants are making assumptions about plans to charge more for downtown parking. The city should test those assumptions.
At issue is how West Palm Beach should raise money to improve the city’s garages and install meters that will accept credit cards. There seems little debate over the need for these projects. The controversy comes from the staff recommendation to extend Monday to Saturday metered parking from 7 p.m. to midnight. The staff says the added money would cover the cost of improvements. Owners of businesses with an evening clientele say they will lose customers. Those owners want metered parking to end earlier, and they want the city to charge less, thus attracting more shoppers and diners and raising more money.
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