WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Downtown Wilmington was packed Sunday evening as people lined Front Street to watch the 10th Annual Wilmington Holiday parade.
Families left the event with smiles on their faces, pleased
with this year's floats, but those smiles turned to frustration as hundreds of
cars were trying to leave the city's downtown parking deck at the same time.
Hundreds vehicles were parked in the garage for the
event, and only one attendant was on duty to collect parking fees as cars left the deck.
Some say they were stuck in their parking space for at least 30 minutes before being able to pull out and others said it took about an hour just to leave the deck.
Wilmington council members asked the city manager Monday to look at the policies that could help with traffic congestion in the parking deck.
Mayor Bill Saffo suggests having customers pay the parking deck fee before the event starts, so no money will need to be collected when people are trying to leave.
Council member Neil Anderson was in downtown Wilmington after the parade and was aware of the issue at the parking deck. Anderson said he called the city manager, who then made the proper calls to have employees at the parking deck let drivers leave free of charge.
Since more and more events are being scheduled to take place in downtown Wilmington, Saffo said the issue needs to be addressed soon.
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