BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Just as the new operators of the Erie Basin Marina began charging a $5 fee for parking during larger events in Buffalo, city officials are calling for that to end.
Members of Buffalo’s Finance Committee say they want to put an end to charging drivers to park in a public park, but they’re not sure when it will officially end. New operators started charging the $5 fee for the first time on Thursday. They say the goal is to help pay for security and to manage traffic.
Some large events in the City of Buffalo can draw more than 10,000 to the water’s edge, clogging parking for miles. The fee acts partially as a deterrent to those who would park then walk away from the marina, as it typically is intended for those who are slip holders and who will visit The Hatch Restaurant.
City officials, though, say even The Hatch is against the fee, as it can detract from visiting the restaurant. They say they’re asking attorneys to check into their agreement with the operators, and to see if charging for parking at a public park is even legal.
That digging could take more than a week, so parking could still be paid for a time.