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03/14/05

City: No Creative Parking Allowed

If you plan on parking in downtown Savannah for the Saint Patrick's Day parade, you can avoid a lot of headaches by planning ahead.

It's the time year when Savannah is covered in green, but some downtown residents are already seeing red when they think about parking downtown on Saint Patrick's Day.

This will be Charr Floyd's second Saint Patrick's Day in downtown, and he says finding that perfect parade spot has become somewhat of a combat sport. "If they have a parking space they keep it, defend it," he said.

But parking services coordinator Jim Gilliamsen says there are ways you can avoid becoming a victim of Saint Paddy's Day road rage. "Don't park on the parade route, it's clearly marked," he said. "If you pull up in a block, find a spot and think you're the luckiest guy in the world, you're not. If you have doubts, don't park."

The city is asking drivers to refrain from what they call creative parking. That's when drivers take it upon themselves to park in a square. And if you do that, you will get towed.

Another way not to get towed is to pay $10 and park in a public garage. All of them will be open 24 hours for the festivities.

And last but not least, plan ahead. "Mantra is start early, get the car parked, and enjoy yourself," said Gilliamsen.

If you don't want to worry about parking or getting towed, the best thing to do is to park at the Oglethorpe Mall and take a trolley to downtown. A roundtrip ride will cost $3 and children under 41 inches tall ride for free.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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