BAR HARBOR- The start of paid parking has been pushed back to May 22nd.
Most residents have expressed concerns about the new system, but meters have already appeared all over the town.
“I think it’s bad for business…bad for the tourists. It’s just a terrible idea” said Maro Avakian, a seasonal resident.
One of the biggest concerns residents have spoken to us about is whether the paid parking system would deter tourists.
“I don’t think it’s in the best interest for our town to make it difficult for our visitors.” said Chris Josephs, a seasonal resident. “I think it’s a bad idea.”
Council members tried to address concerns at the town council meeting last week.
According to a local paper, councilors decided enforcement in permit areas will only be until 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m.
They also extended the time limit at some metered spots to 4 hours instead of 2.
“I actually think it’s great.” Bar Harbor Resident, Nina St. Germain said. “The town of Bar Harbor needs help with their infrastructure. We have so many visitors here each year and we don’t really get help moving them around. This will be a great opportunity for Bar Harbor.”
St. Germain suggested they could use the revenue from the metered parking for construction of bigger lots in the future.
“We’re no longer using plastic bags at our local Hannaford, which has been a big adjustment for a lot of people, which I think is good” St. Germain added. “I think this will be a big adjustment for a lot of people, but in the long term will really help our community.”
According to Bar Harbor’s town website, the parking solutions task force has another meeting on May 21st.