We’re not sure where to start on this editorial — at the entrance or at the exit.
OK, here’s a good initial point: Our fervent wish is that we could approach a parking machine at Grand Cayman’s airport and not be greeted with a warning sign, an error message or a device that is obviously nonfunctional.
Aside from the frustrations of dealing with parking at Owen Roberts (before or after hours of travel-related stress), there are the practical effects.
For example, if it is raining, and the machine on the right-hand side of a vehicle isn’t working, then you have to get out of the car and go to the machine on the left-hand side, which may or may not be working. The practical result of this parking lot minuet, of course, is you get wet.
(Unlikely, though a possibility, you could also be struck by lightning. That’s what officials are pointing to as the source of the current parking machine malfunctions — something or other got hit by lightning.)
One might have anticipated a greater return on an investment of $872,599. That’s how much our government spent on the parking system “upgrade,” concluded in March. As far as we can tell, motorists are experiencing the very same problems that have plagued the system for years.
We realize that most people who use the airport parking lot aren’t visitors, so tourism-related concerns are fairly minimal. That being said, residents also have rights and expectations.
A popular phrase in government tendering and budgeting is “value for money.” If you were to put a value on the parking experience at the airport, it would be close to zero. Ipso facto, the cost of parking, until the system is fixed, should be zero.
The Progressives could capitalize on such a “zero-tolerance” campaign, making it a plank in their upcoming election platform: “Free parking for all!” In fact, the Compass will donate the T-shirts, and for good measure, the bumper stickers, “I parked free at Cayman’s international airport!”
It could catch on …