The data shows paid parking is raking in nearly $400,000 for the city and is encouraging higher turnover among shoppers.
You would think a higher number of different customers on the city streets and in businesses would be a good thing. Not necessarily.
Sweeney says her bottom line is suffering. Her revenues are down 17% over 2016.
"They can have all the parking they can come up with in the world but if they put me out of business then what are the customers coming down for?" said Sweeney.
The data says free parking isn't "free" and maintenance falls on taxpayers if the users are not paying for it. The city found many businesses are on board with the new system because parking spots are being used more by potential customers instead of people using the Pinellas Trail all day or workers as their employee parking spot.
Kerr says he is riding his bike more, a plus for his health, but believes paid parking is not a good fit and hopes the city does away with it.
The meeting to discuss parking issue starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Hale Activity Center at 3301 Douglas Avenue. It is open to the public.
City officials really want folks to come out and express their paid parking concerns so they can figure out what is working and what is not.