Pay the meter: Beaufort town may extend meter hours

BEAUFORT, SC (WCSC) - BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Restaurants in a South Carolina town don't like a proposal to extend the hours on downtown parking meters, saying it will hurt business.

The Beaufort Gazette reports Beaufort is considering extending meter enforcement from the current 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Some downtown restaurant owners worry the change will divert customers to restaurants with free parking.

The idea for the change is to discourage restaurant workers from snagging on-street parking. Restaurant owner Tommy Winburn says employers should be able to fix that problem. He says he has customers who dine every night and aren't going to want to spend several dollars to park.

City council members say they may delay the new hours until the idea can be studied further.

Information from: The Beaufort Gazette,

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