Tickets, towing plan for solving parking problems

Published 12:05am Friday, February 1, 2013

NATCHEZ — With two riverboats cruising back into town this month, the City of Natchez has a plan it hopes will eliminate downtown parking problems that troubled shuttle buses last year.

The riverboats utilize large buses after docking to transport passengers from one attraction to the next. Areas marked for bus parking — like those in front of the Eola Hotel and other businesses and attractions — are reserved for exactly such stops, but often smaller vehicles fill the spots.

“It becomes a hardship on the people providing transportation,” City of Natchez Director of Tourism Connie Taunton said. “It slows down the whole tour process, and sometimes they have to circle the buses to try to find a place to drop people off. And it doesn’t make us look very hospitable to the passengers on the bus.”

Taunton said she and others in the tourism industry have worked with the Natchez Police Department to patrol the stops on cruise days and the city’s traffic department to put up more signage at the designated areas.

Chief Danny White said he receives a list of the docking days for the boats from Taunton and sends patrolman to ensure residents are not parking at the designated trolley stops.

“There will be tickets,” he said.

And tickets won’t be the only expense drivers who park in the trolley stops will have to deal with.

“We’re going to try this, and if it doesn’t work, cars will be towed at the owner’s expense,” Taunton said. “People need to take it seriously.”

Taunton said the buses have a problem dropping passengers off at Stanton Hall and other places when people park at the stops or on the corner causing the buses to not be able to turn on a street.

“We’re happy to have these visitors, even if they’re just day visitors, because it helps out the local economy,” Taunton said. “We want everyone to observe the no parking signs, even if it’s not a day the boat is in town.”

The Queen of the Mississippi will return to Natchez on Feb. 25 and make 26 total stops in Natchez this year. The American Queen will return Feb. 26 and make 16 stops.

  • South2

    Oh God forbid if anyone interferes with “tourism.” How does visiting Stanton Hall help our local economy??? Seriously, “tourism” helps only a small percentage of local businesses. If you think it helps the local economy by tourists eating at local restauarants, remember those same restaurants buy their food from Sysco and other big market food vendors, NOT local grocers. Sociologists and urban researchers have long since established in published scholarly journals and textbooks that tourism is debasing to a local society’s culture. Its nothing new. Look it up. And if you want to take it a step further, read “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Believing that tourism will boost our local economy is the equivalent of believing the Emperor was wearing new clothes. Just because someone tells you its so, doesn’t make it so.

  • Anonymous

    You are to be pitied. Of course Tourism is an industry in Natchez. Don’t you realize that every home they visit and pay to enter, the city receives taxes? Restaurants pay the city the “hamburger” tax. Every dollar they spend turns over AT LEAST 7 times in our city. You sound very cynical; as if you worked in tourism and have been banished. Since you are obviously not part of the solution , you are part of the problem.

  • Anonymous

    Apparantly you are not a business owner. The restaurants and homes employee people. Yes they may be minimum hourly pay put those people buy gas here. Use our physicians even if some are thru medicare and medicaid. Buy furniture, cloths, repair their cars, air condition etc etc. Those minimum wage dollars get turned over many times. My business is non tourism related but I wish to thank those here that work in that “INDUSTRY”

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    You hit the nail on the head for I’m 65 and this has went on all my life in Natchez when this same Natchez Mafia click still make the money on the backs of the hour minimal wage people!! The city makes the taxes so that all ready a waste there of spend , spend, and now they are going to tow our cars off and fine us as well and do you think the courts will collect the fines are will it be added to the all ready 4 million dollars of uncollected fines!! You know, looking across the river at Vidalia and you got to hand it to them for the have the harmony, smartness, business friendly, and great leaders that make great thing happen that aren’t on the backs of its people!! I bet they wouldn’t tow your car off as this bunch in Natchez!! Its ashamed the local restaurants have a second menu when its Pilgrimage time to make all he money it can during that time by charging the higher prices on its regulars as well!! Oh well” THATS the Natchez Way huh’??!!

  • Anonymous

    Well I guess these ole Buses can’t do like every other delivery truck in Natchez, unload in the street, I have a trolley stop by a business I frequent and it’s not big enough for a bus of that size. Get Real do like. Sysco, US Foods, Budweiser, fed ex, unload then move Along.

  • Anonymous

    They need to find a better way to mark the spots then because when you get down to it sometimes you can park there and sometimes you can’t. not everyone reads the paper and knows when the boats will dock till . Parking is limited at best down town everyone knows this so generally you you find a place where you can. I realize that tourist do make up some of the revenue but, so do the locals and they are here all the time. Why not call ahead of time and tell the places they will stop the bus will be there certain days and then they can set out a sign or something stating that fact so people will be less likely to park there? if they do then ticket or tow them? at least that would be more fair than just ticketing any and everyone who parks there….

  • Anonymous

    STOP LYING khakirat, YOU NOT 65. ” THIS-BUNCH-IN-NATCHEZ ” ARE YOU REFERRING TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE AND HIS DEPARTMENT ? YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE *BLACK* POLICE CHIEF DECISION TO TOW VEHICLE. YOU CAN’T POST A DECENT COMMENT WITHOUT TAKING A SWAP AT SOMEONE BLACK. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE WHAT YOU WOULD DO IF THAT *BUNCH/BLACKS* TICKETED YOU AND TOWED YOUR TRASPORTATION. I BET YOU WOULD JUMP UP AND DOWN LIKE A LITTLE KID WHEN SOMEONE TAKE THERE LOLLY POP FROM THEM. LOL

  • Anonymous

    This problem would be solved right away if, the business owners would STOP parking in spots meant for shoppers.

  • Anonymous

    MOVE

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I have no reason to lying but I’d bet you are the biggest Lyer in Adams county , racist, not to bright when it comes to smarts, for just a few things that reflect of you!!!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I’m going to give perks as you my mind and I’ve had my own business from Natchez to Ferriday and your must be part of the Natchez Mafia but you people are the problems of Natchez not growing trying to get on the shoulders of others to get ahead makes me sick!!!
    Oh’ you leave Natchez for I’ve been in Adams county longer than you I bet and also go take hike!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Make -
    ME!! Dummy!!

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    natchezbulldog wrote, in response to khakirat:
    MOVE

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  • Anonymous

    Did not mean to upset the elderly. Was just a suggestion. A retired person in their golden years should retire where they are happy. Not where they complain all the time. From your remarks you must love Vidalia so was just suggesting for you to relocate.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    People like you and others in Natchez only have the forsight that’s as far as the end of their nose huh’!! By the way we always made more money and less taxes and regulation on the La. side!! Try it you might like it??!!

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    Did not mean to upset the elderly. Was just a suggestion. A retired person in their golden years should retire where they are happy. Not where they complain all the time. From your remarks you must love Vidalia so was just suggesting for you to relocate.

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