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WHITE ROCK – White Rock council rejected a bid by a local business club to eliminate winter pay parking on the waterfront. The White Rock Business Improvement Association was also pushing council to introduce seasonal rates for the rest of the year in a bid to boost business at shops and restaurants along the waterfront. Currently, it costs visitors $1 per hour to plug a meter during the winter months from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28 and $3 per hour the rest of the year. Coun. Larry Robinson said White Rock’s parking rates are in line with other cities in Metro Vancouver. “I really don’t see a problem with people paying three dollars to enjoy a night out or to go down and walk on the promenade,” Robinson said.

He pointed to an overly $350,000 and up to $650,000 zealous ticketing policy as if free parking after dusk was the real culprit. a component. Robinson said ticket At the time, Morissette bylaw officers should be proposed ways to make up urged to adopt a “visitor any losses without hiking friendly” enforcement property taxes. policy and suggested As a pilot project, the city giving visitors a grace had offered free Monday to period of up to 30 minutes Larry Robinson Thursday parking from Nov. on expired meters. 1 to Feb. 29 in 2009 and 2010 “I don’t really believe the issue is but the staff was unable to determine paying the parking, I believe the issue whether free parking had any impact is being ticketed almost immediately.” on business. In December, White Rock BIA Director of financial services Sandra executive director Sherri Wilson Kurylo said upwards of 80 survey Morissette asked the city to implement forms were sent to businesses but only free winter pay parking on Marine a handful of merchants bothered to Drive from Oct. 1 to Jan. 31, $1 per respond to the survey. hour parking during the mid-season At the urging of the White Rock and $3 per hour parking only during BIA, Mayor Wayne Baldwin has the peak summer season from May 1 formed a mayor’s task force to explore to Sept. 30. But those proposals would the problems associated with pay take a six-figure bite out of city coffers. parking and find solutions. Coun. According to a staff report, Louise Hutchinson will serve as chair extending cheap winter pay parking of the nine-member committee, with by two months would rob the city of representatives from merchants, senior $185,300 in revenue. A seasonal rate city staff and White Rock BIA. mbabic@thenownewspaper.com structure would result in a loss of

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