“We are always sensitive to the needs in the downtown core. In this situation here, there is free two hour parking within a short distance to her location.” says Brent Lamming, the Director of Community Services for the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
Lamming suggested an alternative option after social media outrage began as Tamar Tucker, owner of Tamar Trends Flower Shop, posted a video where she explained her frustrations with the city’s parking situation.
Tucker has lost a number of parking spots with the placement of garbage bins and the need for snow removal.
Patrons, and even Tucker herself have received tickets for parking on the boulevard, which Tucker claims “is the only place to park in the back to allow for all of these to happen” in the two minute and twenty second video posted to her business page.
SaultOnline reached out to Brent Lamming, who said that in accordance to city by-law, the ticket was issued properly. “In this instance, she was parked on the curb and the ticket was issued in compliance with the by-law.”
SaultOnline also stopped by Tamar’s Trend’s to speak with Tucker, who suggests that the Downtown Association, relevant representation from city departments, the council, as well as local business owners discuss parking in a round table setting.
Another suggestion from Tucker was too allow for the use of business owner tags, to help identify cars and their association to a business.
While parking may be hard in a busy downtown, the city insists they are trying to make it easier for Holiday shopping.
“It should be noted there will be free parking occurring in the Downtown core from December 16th to December 27th”.
Lamming insists that he is willing to talk to the local small business owner. “I’m not sure if Tamar reached out to the city or myself, but we are always willing to talk to constituents. We talk frequently with business owners” said the Director of Community Services.
Tucker has also mentioned she has been reached out by a number of councilors and the DTA who have mentioned a “pilot project” for parking in the downtown core. This is a topic set to hit council.