A Prince George realtor feels the city’s new downtown parking rules are having a negative effect on businesses downtown.
Dean Birks says the new three-hour free parking limit, combined with the new licence plate recognition system, could result in downtown restaurants losing out.
“Today was the first time that I personally experienced the hardship the downtown business and restaurants must be enduring and they may not even know it,” he posted on his Facebook page last week.
He said a group of 83 local realtors attended a meeting, which ran from 9 a.m. until noon, at the Ramada Hotel.
“At about 11:35am my table (seven of us) started to talk about where to go for lunch and we had agreed to walk over to The Twisted Cork restaurant that was within a block of Ramada,” he posted. “As we walked through the Ramada lobby on our way over, someone pointed out that our three-hour parking limit would be up in 15 minutes and none of us wanted to be paying any parking tickets as the new parking rules in