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Why did Southport change their waterfront parking at the end of Howe Street?

D.J. Bernard
StarNews

Q. Why did Southport mess-up their waterfront parking at the end of Howe Street? My wife and I would drive down to Southport and park looking out over the river and watch the ferry, barges, tankers and other boats go by. They have now removed the waterfront parking spaces and put more spaces in the middle. That was one of our weekly things to do. While we were there we would usually visit one or more of the area businesses. No reason to drive to Southport anymore.

A. Southport’s City Council voted to change the parking lineup at the end of Howe Street to fit more parking spaces into the lot, according to the city’s Public Services Director Robert Tucker.

“Southport suffers from a lack of general parking,” Tucker said. “This way we get more parking in one area.”

The city changed the parking lot within the past month, and Tucker says it will remain that way. Tucker said a side benefit of the change is now drivers going down Howe Street can get a clear view of the waterfront.

There are still benches where you can sit and view the boat activity along with plenty of space to walk around.

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