Reopen parking along Marine Parade Dr - Toronto

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Reopen parking along Marine Parade Dr - Toronto

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Fra M started this petition to Mayor's Office, City of Toronto (Mayor of Toronto) and

Following the Victoria Day long weekend, the City of Toronto closed all on-street parking along Marine Parade Drive (Lakeshore and Parklawn area). A thriving area of the City, with large condo developments, well-maintained park grounds and a spectacular view of Lake Ontario and the downtown waterfront. The City plans on keeping these closures throughout the summer. Needless to say, this action was taken without any consultation with the people who own or manage businesses in the area. Most of these business owners/operators are vehemently opposed to the parking restrictions.

The parking restrictions will be devastating for the already struggling small businesses in the area who rely heavily on the their out-of-area patrons. These local businesses have already weathered 15+ months of pandemic restrictions and simply cannot endure further access impediments to their remaining patrons. These businesses provide essential services, curbside pick-up, and food take away and delivery services. If these closures are left in place throughout the summer, it will deter those from out of the area from coming to these businesses. These businesses simply will not survive this as a majority (70%+) of their patrons are travel into the area. This will decimate the retail and commercial economy of the area.

Throughout the pandemic, our government officials have encouraged citizens to support local small business, including ordering take out or delivery. However, the restriction of on-street parking has the exact opposite effect. It has eliminated the ability to provide curbside pickup due to a lack of parking and ultimately restricts the ability of those seeking to support their local businesses from doing so. In the short time that the parking has been closed, patrons seeking to pick up curbside or take out have been met with significant parking fines and growing frustration and the businesses have seen a steep decline in patronage. Furthermore, delivery services like Uber and DoorDash have refused to come into the area because of the lack of parking/loading zone restrictions. This has detrimental impacts on local businesses, especially restaurants whose only source of revenue right now is take away.

It is unacceptable that these parking restrictions are being put in place without proper planning, consideration of ALL of the impacts, and consultation with ANY of the business owners who are directly impacted.

We, the undersigned, are concerned Marine Parade/Humber Bay Shores business owners, employees, residents, patrons and supporters who urge our leaders to act now to remove the on-street parking barriers.

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