Select free parking around Battery to become residential

Select free parking around Battery to become residential

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Parking for the day along stretches of Murray Boulevard and South Battery and King Streets isn't an option anymore.

"I think it should probably be left open for people visiting and wanting to get to know Charleston," says Charleston resident Chris Nickels.

"I mean, I don't think it's a big deal," says proponent John Montemayor. "You can still park here and then you just end up having to move."

Charleston city council passed an ordinance Wednesday that will cut back on the number of all day free spots near homes along the Battery. These parking spaces will be marked with a residential sign signifying a two-hour time limit, Monday thru Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"In trying to keep this a livable city for our residents, we felt that this was the correct thing to do and brings it more into line with the other districts in the city, which do have residential parking," says Council member Kathleen Wilson.

Lindsey Dishman, who lives on Meeting Street, says this will make her life a little easier, but she does feel for people who work in the area.

"I think, because it's definitely going to cut into some people's budget, the city employees that walk. That's going to be a new expense that they didn't have before."

Others say, unless the city installs meters, the new law is fair.

"I think it would be wrong though if the city turned around and tried to make a profit and installed parking meters," says Montemayor. "I think that's where I would have an issue."

Council member Wilson says an exact date has not been set, but the law will take effect soon.

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