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November 4, 2013

To park, or not to park ... that is the question

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ENID, Okla. — Downtown business

On Independence, The Felt Bird only has one employee vehicle that parks outside. Owner Riley Jantzen has become accustomed to moving his car at least once each day.

“That’s a typical thing, because we’re all just adjusted to it,” he said.

Creating a permit policy would be more convenient, Jantzen said, but he noted that the city may have more pressing issues to deal with.

On the other side of downtown, Boomerang Diner manager Matt Johnson said that during a rush, his employees occasionally don’t have time to move their cars.

“It has happened when we’re too busy to go move our cars. There’s nothing we can really do but pay the ticket,” he said.

Johnson said he’s open to solutions.

“Maybe if there was one street we could park on, or maybe a public parking lot that we could walk two or three blocks, even,” he said. “There’s some cities that will give business owners passes they can give their employees, to where you don’t have to pay te ticket. You’re going to end up paying more than that in fines anyway.”

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: In the interest of full disclosure, parking spaces outside the Enid News & Eagle are time-controlled and could be affected by the creation of a parking permit for downtown workers. The reporter of this story, Dale Denwalt, has also incurred two parking tickets this year for leaving his vehicle in one spot for more than two hours.)

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