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    I have no problem with the money.... I don't care one bit about the price... Charge whatever!!!!!!!!

    its the GD boot, and the stupid warning. Unfair, unkind, unfriendly. How to turn tourists off, how to loose business downtown, how to turn away handicap people. Aruba did not think this through. as of right now I have not heard from AHATA or Aruparking.
    Educate your tourists when they rent, in the paper daily , at the hotels NOT by slapping a boot on their car.

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    Cindyo, couldn't have said it better. its not the meter parking, we all pay it here. its the boot. and the fine????? that is absolutely ridiculous. does Aruba think they are located on the French Riviera? The average parking ticket is about $25 to $30, not $75. The locals and even the police when I filed my police report said unfortunately, robbing has been on the upsweep. Couple that with booting a car and hello Turks & Caicos.

    Unfortunately like Cindy said, the powers that be did not think this through completely. booting a car and ruining someone's day is not going to endear them to this island. the paying for parking is not an issue. no one boots. NYC has tons of tourists, they don't boot and their parking signs are the worse in the world.

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    Name changer.....

    ONE HAPPY ISLAND now becomes ...... Drum roll please...

    ONE BOOT HAPPY ISLAND....
    NEW Logo...

    ARUBA, I❤️ you but you screwed up !
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    Last edited by cindyo; 01-16-2016 at 08:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    This affects residents & those that rent cars. As a renter, I would rather they just charge the rental company who in turn puts the charge on your credit card as opposed to booting your car. If it's late in the day, the powers to be probably are gone so you need to leave the car, take a taxi home & back the next day. You've wasted two days of your vacation. I'll tell you, I would be so angry my vacation was wasted for two days, I'd pick a tourist friendly island next time. I have no problem with meters but the booting is mean, nasty, unfriendly & basically saying two words I won't repeat. Even New York doesn't do that unless you have tons of tickets.
    And, besides the two days that you waste on vacation, the car with the damn boot takes up a parking spot for two days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccsuwxman11 View Post
    Right now, it's in its formative stages. One can only hope that the system will be refined and become more tourist-friendly once the government figures out what works vs. what gets people into a rage.
    I believe this is where the outrage enters the equation. It was very poorly rolled out and NOT tourist friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyo View Post
    Here's their FB page

    Tried to write on their page but couldn't.
    https://www.facebook.com/Aruparking/

    sent them an email... Stay tuned

    A few things are ticking me off right now with this agency.....
    1. Warning = boot. Websters definition of a warning is a lot different than Aruba's
    2. FB page is is Papiamento . Guess what WE ALL CANT READ IT!!
    3.Handicap people have to pay too...let's
    make life more difficult for them, right???
    4. Let's drive business right out of down town with zero leeway. Your ticket expires and there is no grace period.... BAM HERES YOUR BOOT. Jesh be kind 15 minutes wouldn't kill them.


    ok I'm off my pulpit
    I also don't believe it helps the situation when they post on their Facebook page

    feeling excited
    feeling determined
    feeling proud
    feeling blessed


    As my grandfather used to say, "You get more with sugar than you do with vinegar."

    Feeling excited and determined and proud that they can rub their parking fines and fees in people's faces may just rub people the wrong way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccsuwxman11 View Post
    I have to say this about the new parking policy....

    First, it has made it MUCH easier to find a parking spot downtown on L.G. Smith Blvd, especially in the large lot in front of the Seaport Casino.

    Second, there ARE signs as you enter the downtown indicating that you are entering a paid parking zone. The signs are blue, with the image of a parking meter with a coin being fed into it. IMHO, they need to be larger to make them more noticeable. Some of the signs do indicate that yellow-lined spaces are for residents with a permit, and white-lined, numbered spaces need to be paid for at the meter.

    Third, if you've spent $1000 or more on a vacation and you are going to complain about a lousy $1.20 per hour for a parking space, then you might have your priorities a bit mixed up. I agree that the boot is harsh, but I'll bet you won't make that mistake again.

    Finally, don't count on saving money by staying away from downtown. Aruparking has already announced that paid parking will be coming Palm Beach and the high rise area in April of this year. And it is badly needed, as it's impossible to find a parking space anywhere down there except in that monstrous garage.

    Right now, it's in its formative stages. One can only hope that the system will be refined and become more tourist-friendly once the government figures out what works vs. what gets people into a rage.
    You miss-interpret the problem here. First you say it has made it much easier to find parking. This simply means that people are not shopping at those stores, eating at those restaurants that were before. bad for the economy. We know the parking is at a fee now. Third, no one cares about the cost of parking as it is minimal, they care about getting booted or towed. It is very easy to lose track of time when you are on vacation. Paying a parking ticket is no problem, getting booted is ridiculous on a vacation island. Again, no one would care if they were charged a weekly parking fee on their rental car but the boot and $75 fine are not visitor friendly.

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    arubabob, that's it in a nutshell. no one cares about paying the parking meter. its the rest. you do get distracted on vacation, walking around, etc. and there are more spots for sure because no one is shopping or eating for fear of getting booted. we always rent a car. I would prefer the car rental place add a $5 a day fee for parking & you get a parking sticker on the inside of the car (not removable because I'm sure someone will break in to get it the way Aruba's going). Its worth it. you never have to worry at all. I wouldn't mind, peace of mind.

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    I agree with everything but the someone will probably break in to get the parking sticker part with the way Aruba is going. Has there been an uptick in crimes thru the years? Sure but there are also more people. I think it would be hard to find a city/town with more than 100,000 residents, plus the 1.5 million tourists that visit yearly, that would be safer and have less crime than Aruba. Think about those numbers and the crime seems almost negligible and its one of the reasons why I return over, and over again.

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    well, let's see, I was there this past nov-dec. I got robbed. People we met on the beach got robbed actually within a day of ours, both times on the beach. Us on Arashi, them at Baby Beach. the police taking my report said there's been an upswing in robberies. the cocktail waitress at the Hyatt who we know says its really gotten bad, never was like this. So yes, if it was a card you left on your dashboard, it would get stolen and sold. It wouldn't stop me from going to aruba but I do take exception to people making Aruba sound like no crime exists. It does. Yes, everywhere else it does, too, but those places don't put on rose colored glasses. So I feel safe in saying it would probably get stolen. we were lucky, the stole our bag and got in our car. our friends we met on the beach, they busted the car window to get inside the car.
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