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Port Washington to get more 2-hour parking zones in business district

The Dolphin Bookshop, which has been serving Port

The Dolphin Bookshop, which has been serving Port Washington since 1946, currently occupies this Main Street location. (Oct. 6, 2011) (Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Shoppers will have a little more leeway in Port Washington now that the North Hempstead Town board has voted to create more two-hour parking zones in the downtown district.

The unanimous vote last week, with town Supervisor Jon Kaiman absent, increases the meter time by an hour on portions of Main Street and Irma and Haven avenues, while four-hour meters remain unchanged.

Last year, the board created two-hour parking meter areas along parts of Main Street, which Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio — who represents Port Washington — said has been a popular change.

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“Since we did the lower Main Street and it’s so successful, several of the merchants on upper Main Street have come forward and said they would also like those meters changed,” De Giorgio said.

Jim Kallenberg, executive director of the Port Washington Business Improvement District, spoke at the meeting in favor of the idea, saying that business owners who have two-hour parking zones in front of their shops have been happy with the expanded time limits.

“I have not run into one person, one merchant who said this would not be a good idea,” Kallenberg told the board.

It will take about three weeks to reprogram the meters, De Giorgio said in a statement.

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