Free Parking in Downtown Wilmington

MAY 9, 2005 -- A free parking spot in downtown Wilmington is hard to come by during daylight hours. However, this week there are a few extra spaces thanks to one local business.

People who park on North Front Street will find the meters covered and balloons flying in place of the money slot.

Fat Tony's employees are feeding the meters every hour. Their boss, Eric Rylander, is shelling out $600 to keep the meters filled and his customers happy.

He's also protesting a proposed change in parking fees, particularly a proposal to ticket customers who pay meters to stay longer than the one hour time limits.

The city also wants to raise the price of parking tickets from $10 to $15 and extend meter hours.

Reported by Ashley Hayes