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Thread: Parking Update From Rona Coster in Today's Bati Bieki

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    Parking Update From Rona Coster in Today's Bati Bieki

    THE TACTICAL MANOUVER OF PARKING. "I went to town three times last week. On my first encounter with the Parking Meter I had no florin change, so I rushed into Knipoog Hair Salon to get some. On my second Parking Meter exchange, I again had no change, but this time I stormed into the Downtown Drugstore behind Royal Plaza. Don’t worry, the ladies advised, the Parking Meters are out of order. For my third adventure at the Renaissance Marketplace, I parked accidentally in the yellow zone, and got a stern reprimand from a sour-faced police woman on a bicycle. Then I lined up behind some tourists and waited for them to figure the apparatus out. Luckily, a young Dutch woman came to the rescue, with change and helpful instructions otherwise we would still be there. Overall I am all for it, charge for parking, and use to proceeds to clean up the streets! On a personal note I also love the fact that we now have plenty of available parking spots everywhere. But I hear from shop-owners and restaurateurs around the downtown area that their business took a nosedive with the recent developments, and that clients stayed away."
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    Interested to see how it all plays out in the next few months.
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    It appears that they have done what has become my favorite line in business and one that I use often when people jump the gun and there's a mess to take care of: Ready, shoot, aim (yes, shooting before aiming.)
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    Has anyone stayed at the Renaissance with a rental car since the parking "situation" started? We are renting a jeep for 5 days during our next trip just over a month from now. I am curious as to how guest parking is working. Is the Renaissance area gated off? do you show your room key or have a parking pass? I am guessing it would be something like our oceanfront hotels here where you get a mirror hanger with your info on it and the valid dates.

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    I was hoping you could use US coins but since you can't, I'll make sure I collect the one dollar florins. Its funny cause when I went to get my travelling tote, on the bottom were two one dollar florin. I can park for an hour. but i'll collect them at the casinos, cause I'm sure they have them there.

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    yes, there are postings on the renaissance facebook group that the front desk issues a parking tag that is left in the rental vehicle.
    no paying for parking of staying at the renaissane marina or ocean suites.
    Quote Originally Posted by dipeblnd View Post
    Has anyone stayed at the Renaissance with a rental car since the parking "situation" started? We are renting a jeep for 5 days during our next trip just over a month from now. I am curious as to how guest parking is working. Is the Renaissance area gated off? do you show your room key or have a parking pass? I am guessing it would be something like our oceanfront hotels here where you get a mirror hanger with your info on it and the valid dates.

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    If most of those parking spaces remain empty at Seaport and businesses suffer from less customers, ie less tax money, less jobs, then the parking venture will actually cause a huge decrease in revenue over the next 12 months. Might not even bring in enough to pay for the administration costs. If the locals realize that this will go away if they don't pay, then they may even organize a boycott. I wonder what official came up with the idea. Of course this may change as people get used to it but I think most of the frequent visitors and timeshare owners will go downtown less frequently now as they really don't need to go there. Vacation should be hassle free and even the possibility of getting ticketed, booted or towed can be a buzz kill for anyone on vacation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    If most of those parking spaces remain empty at Seaport and businesses suffer from less customers, ie less tax money, less jobs, then the parking venture will actually cause a huge decrease in revenue over the next 12 months. Might not even bring in enough to pay for the administration costs. If the locals realize that this will go away if they don't pay, then they may even organize a boycott. I wonder what official came up with the idea. Of course this may change as people get used to it but I think most of the frequent visitors and timeshare owners will go downtown less frequently now as they really don't need to go there. Vacation should be hassle free and even the possibility of getting ticketed, booted or towed can be a buzz kill for anyone on vacation.
    The way I see it:

    Approx. two years ago, the Arubus "ARUBUS — First All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Bus In The Caribbean" was introduced to Aruba. Arubus is government-owned. Here is a short excerpt:

    October 14, 2013 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    ORANJESTAD, Aruba--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aruba’s Minister of Transportation Otmar Oduber, Minister of Finance Mike de Meza, and ARUBUS Director Teo Croes unveiled the first long-range, all-electric, ZERO emissions bus in the Caribbean at a ceremony held in conjunction with the GREEN ARUBA Conference and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF).

    http://www.businesswire.com/news/hom...n#.VhRemCsjHfk

    IMO, it seems the Arubus business is not doing too well. Therefore, the idea of paid parking was born which kills two birds with one stone: First: as for people working downtown paid parking would be too expensive, they are "encourages" to take the bus which would make Arubus more profitable. Second: with the people, locals and tourists, who still use their vehicles to drive downtown, a certain amount of money is made by Aruparking.

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    Minister of Transport Otmar Oduber will not comment and refers to Teo Croes, director of Arubus, the parent company of Aruparking. Revenues from Aruparking - according to earlier reports and a half million florins a year, according to Croes - go directly to Arubus to make it less dependent on subsidy by the government.

    http://caribischnetwerk.ntr.nl/2015/...keerbeheerder/

    I agree with you that this new parking meter situation might do more damage to the businesses downtown. IMO, this whole project - Arubus and Aruparking - was not well thought through. I'm under the impression not too many people are using the Arubus. But I could be wrong.

    The biggest mistake would be if it keeps tourists from going downtown. JMO.

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    We used the paid parking across from the royal mall mid week, plenty of available spaces. The machine accepted any Aruban coin except the square one, dropped a bunch of accumulated coins from my pocket, went shopping & had lunch. No problems. I don't particularly like paid parking but in this case it does make finding a space easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rw3025 View Post
    We used the paid parking across from the royal mall mid week, plenty of available spaces. The machine accepted any Aruban coin except the square one, dropped a bunch of accumulated coins from my pocket, went shopping & had lunch. No problems. I don't particularly like paid parking but in this case it does make finding a space easier.
    I am not against paid parking but I am against $75 fines, booting and towing if you happen to miss your time by 15 minutes. We have parking meters here but it costs a quarter for 30 minutes and you can bump it up to two hours at a time. The fine for over parking is $10. If they come around again you get another ticket and so on. The only time you are towed is if you have unpaid tickets on file. The last thing a tourist needs is to have his rental car towed for over parking a few minutes. The easy fix for tourists would be for the rental company to offer a one shot parking sticker for people that may want to go downtown.

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