Businesses worry about parking plan

    Skagway, Alaska (KINY) Skagway expects to see 1.2 million visitors in 2020 but many are worried about where they will find parking.

    A committee has met for the past few months trying to figure out a plan for parking downtown and on Broadway so that tourist buses can make it through the traffic safely and efficiently.

    Some changes to parking regulations though have been criticized as anti-business.

    General Manager of the Sweet Tooth Cafe, Tobias Parson, said 20 minute parking near his restaurant would not be long enough for even to go orders, "I'm not in favor in its present form.  As a business owner I think it will cost me money.  I think I will lose business from independent travelers."

    He said out of town visitors might be confused and not know where the parking lots are located so they can get out and frequent area businesses.

    Lisa Hollander said she won't be able to park in front of her home on 4th Street, "I don't mind parking on the south side.  It is going to be awful crowded on that side.  Are there allowances for residents who own and live there?"

    The Assembly is expected to make a final decision on April 19th.



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