Overtime parkers hogging spots, say Starkville merchants

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE – Downtown Starkville store owners want the city to take a tougher stance on parking violators.

They tell the Starkville Daily News that more shoppers would come to town if they knew that had a place to park.

Officials with the Greater Starkville Development Partnership will meet with the board of aldermen on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

A city ordinance provides for a fine for motorists who park in the downtown area more than two hours or over the marked or posted time limit.

While the two-hour rule is on the books, downtown business owners say it must be enforced stronger because occupied parking spaces prevent shoppers from visiting various downtown locations.

Many parking violators, merchants say, are employees of downtown restaurants, who take up space for shoppers.