Free parking

Is there anywhere else in the world where a busy capital has free all-day on-street parking? Let’s face it. The streets of central George Town each weekday are just a free car park. I guess that people who work in town and have driven in (probably alone) take up the spaces early in the morning.

I have lost count of the number of times that I have looked for a parking place as I drive through, so that I can visit a store, only to give up. Now I would not dream of driving into George Town to shop. I do not believe that I am the only one, and perhaps this is contributing to the demise of stores in town.

Has the idea of parking meters with time limits been looked at? Not only would this create Caymanian jobs but it would also produce revenue. It would also mean that one could drive into town to visit a store knowing that you would probably be able to find a parking place for, say, an hour. This would benefit the store.

Incidentally, I notice that some stores place orange cones on the road in front of their store to reserve the parking place for themselves. Is this practice legal?

George Tustin

If you value our service, if you have turned to us in the past few days or weeks for verified, factual updates, if you have watched our live streaming of press conferences or sent an article to a friend... please consider a donation. Quality local journalism was at risk before the coronavirus crisis. It is now deeply threatened. Even a small amount can go a long way to sustaining our mission of informing the public. We need our readers’ financial support now more than ever.