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LETTER: Beware paid parking in Harrison


On Saturday, July 16, a family member parked in a pay parking spot next to the 15-minute free parking, which was occupied. The reason for parking there was to take items from the trunk of the vehicle to a waiting boat at the float plane dock. The vehicle was only in that spot for a total of 10 minutes.

On the last trip to the boat, the parking attendant slapped a ticket on the windshield. This attendant had watched what was going on and decided to make some money for his employer while no one was there to see him.

The attendant was later approached regarding the unfair ticket, would not discuss it, and gave a phone number to call to dispute it. The number given, of course, would not work. Very convenient! My understanding of pay parking was to stop those who come for the day and don’t spend $0.05 in the community. Do you mean to tell me you have to pay for a whole hour just to remove some items from the trunk of a vehicle before parking at a private residence?

The owner of the vehicle is the property owner, frequents the restaurants in town, the corner store, buys gas at the marina and pays yearly fees at the boat launch. Is this a way of welcoming visitors to a tourist community?

Common sense, a little understanding and friendliness by the parking company would go a long way instead of the feeling this has left. I don’t think Harrison intended such behaviour.

Barbara Key


Harrison Hot SpringsLetters to the editor

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