Downtown Parking Woes
Some business owners say it's been a problem in downtown Ocala since there was a downtown.
However, over the years, finding a solution has proven to be tricky.
There are eleven hundred public and private parking spots downtown, but business owners say, that's simply not enough.
At a workshop Tuesday, city manager Rick Horst discussed these concerns with downtown business owners- which included employee parking, parking time limits, and reserved spots.
The owner of Shannon Roth Collection, Shannon Roth says two hour parking is too short for anyone to shop down town leisurely, get their hair done, whatever they want to do on their list and avoid getting a parking ticket.
Roth says she would like to instead see four hour parking spots, as well as a daytime valet service.
The next meeting between the business owners and city leaders won't be for another three months, but during that time a committee will be formed to talk about possible solutions .
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