The Islip Town Board freezes meters
BAY SHORE – The Islip Town Board is suspending the controversial parking meter program in downtown Bay Shore for the holiday season. The freeze began on Saturday, November 25, “Small Business Saturday”, and will continue through New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018.
“Small Business Saturday” is a national movement reminding people to support the local business that create jobs, boost local economies, and help preserve local downtowns. Also held on that day was the hamlet’s annual Winter Festival.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our communities,” Supervisor Angie Carpenter said in a press release. “I encourage everyone to shop your local small businesses …throughout the holiday season and beyond. Small businesses employ our local youth, and provide a level of customer service unique to the downtown shopping experience.”
Last year, a reported 112 million shoppers nationwide joined the cause, spending approximately $15.4 billion at their favorite local shops, according to the Town of Islip’s press release.
Marilyn Schulman, whose business, Willy Nilly Trading Company, is located on West Main Street in Bay Shore, was happy to hear about the temporary suspension. “We’re fortunate enough to have our own parking lot, but not everyone is as lucky,” Schulman said. She still believes, though, that the parking meters are a deterrent year round. “We’re competing with strip malls and other places that don’t charge for parking.”
The temporary freeze applies to all metered parking in Bay Shore, including the back lots. The meters currently have signs notifying visitors of the suspended parking meter program. The train meters, however, will remain operational.
Other local metered villages are following suit. The Village of Patchogue will also be suspending their parking meters (before 6:00 p.m.) from Wednesday, December 13, until Christmas Day, Monday, December 25.
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