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Question of the Day: Parking Issues

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What are your thoughts on parking issues in the Patchogue Village area? This week alone the on public streets, and on Church street

Please share your thoughts with Patch.com below.

Laurie Kiss May 13, 2011 at 02:06 PM
We have a really bad parking issue down by the water in the village. The various businesses are trying their best to make the best of a bad situation. But at the same time this is still a reidential area, with play grounds and softball fields and children playing, etc. This needs to be taken into consideration. I don't know what the solution is, but it needs to be that residents are made the priority. The valet parking was dangerous last summer. Those young people that were driving those vehicles seemed to be inexperienced and I had went down to the dock a few times with my granddaughter and was very nrevous about what I saw going on with the valet drivers.
Jenn H. May 14, 2011 at 01:13 AM
The parking meter at the train station is absolutely ridiculously annoying, confusing, uncovered, does not accept change, and there's only one machine! Who the hell designed/ decided on this!!!?? And ! Rated parking per how close you are in a parking lot that never gets filled. Very disappointing.... Thanks for making commuting even better!
John Bogack May 14, 2011 at 05:02 PM
No one wants to see legitimate businesses in the village fail. On the other hand our neighborhoods can't fail either. Every business needs to adopt this view if they haven't already: what's bad for the neighborhood is bad for business. It can't be that neighborhoods have to fit into the business plans of various tikki bars, eateries and bars. it's got to be the other way around. One common factor to this problem appears to be that some businesses in the village are not abiding by code regulations that were agreed to when they got their license to do business in the first place. And I mean by this rules concerning just how many people belong in a business at any one time. The village does have occupancy rules after all. The problem is that enforcement of occupancy codes turns out to be easier said than done. Unfortunately the only way those rules are going to really be respected is by strict enforcement: keep ticketing and collecting fines until limits are respected, jail terms if needed to prevent gaming the system that can occur when it's worth paying the fines instead of holding to the rules. I know that jailing successful business owners sounds harsh. It is. But where there is no accountability there is no law, and neighborhoods are preyed on instead of benefiting from the "revitalization" that prosperous businesses ought to represent for everyone. Good for the neighborhood, good for business, good for the village that's the real formula for revitalization.
Jenn H. May 14, 2011 at 05:13 PM
And what happened today at the patchogue train station.... Weekend visitors do not know if the parking meters are required on the weekend and the only machine is not working! Awesome! And the ticket cashier knows nothing about it.
Jenn H. May 14, 2011 at 05:14 PM
And there is only one bike parking rack! Encourage people not to use their cars and install more racks.
Michael A Evans LMT May 15, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Motorcycle spaces. They take up half the space and would attract a lot of business from affluent motorcycle riders who are looking to eschew the likes of George Wallis in Port Jeff Friday at 8
John Bogack May 15, 2011 at 02:05 PM
The problem wth motorcycles is the noise. Unfortunately not everyone who rides a motorcycle cares about others and when they don't the noise from idling bikes, or bike engines roared up to top speed, or driven in battalions can become deafening especially at night. Maybe there should be an accomodation made for the central business district where residences are at a minimum. That might work but elsewhere I would say all restrictions should be kept in force. I would like to know more about the reference to "George Wallis in Port Jefferon Friday at 8 p.m.". What is that a reference to?
Joe May 15, 2011 at 10:30 PM
I see that Lombardi's is valet parking into the municipal lot today. It must be nice to be above the law.

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