Nick Berry didn’t decide to install parking meters behind his restaurant, Courtyard Cafe on Wilton Drive, but he’s paying the price – literally.
After years of potholes, cracked asphalt, and faded parking stripes, the parking lot of the shopping center where Old Florida Seafood was located has been resealed, restriped, and landscaped.
City officials are moving forward with the development of the lot they purchased last year.
City officials are now accepting bid proposals to develop the empty lot at Northeast 23 Drive and Northeast 11 Avenue into a parking lot.
The last two public parking lots built by the city took time and money to build. But the commission has acquired another with a stroke of the pen.
The city’s new parking lot is expected to be open sometime next week. Finance Director Bob Mays estimated the 23-space lot would be open sometime between April 13 and 15.
Drivers who were upset or just unhappy at having to pay to park at the shopping center where Courtyard Café and To The Moon are located, have a partial reprieve: parking is now free from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for customers who patronize one of the shopping center’s businesses.
Multiple attempts by developers to build on the city hall parking lot have failed, but Commissioner Tom Green wants to try again.
Through the quality of their food and service, Nick Berry and Shawn Bombard were able to keep the customers who dined at Courtyard Café before they bought the restaurant in 2007. But now, the pair have lost a significant portion of their customers to something out of their control – paid parking.
The end of free parking at the shopping plaza on Wilton Drive and Northeast 6 Avenue, across from The Shoppes of Wilton Manors, has drawn the ire of Scott Herman.