The Newport City has long tried to deal with the issue of scarce parking in the Bayfront area, especially as it pertains to a sore spot between the town’s fishing community and tourism sector. The fishing industry contends it brings in revenue that greatly exceeds that brought in by Bayfront tourism. However, both sides agree that what’s needed is more parking and less waiting.
If the city council approves the parking district and its funding source, it will seek, through an advisory committee, a way forward to provide additional parking through leasing unused, or scarcely used land, leasing already established parking lots, improved signage and striping, and making the Bayfront more visitor welcoming with improvements tp pleasant street landscaping.
To pay for the district, the council will likely agree that the Bayfront Area district will need revenue in order to keep it going and growing. And to raise the money, the council is expected to approve a business license surcharge for those along the Bayfront that weighs in at $150 year for those with 1-4 employees, $300 for 5 to 20 employees, and $600 a year for those with 20 to 600 workers. Additionally the Port of Newport, who has lobbied for improved parking in the area, will team up with the city with an annual payment into the city parking district of six thousand dollars a year to represent the fishing industry’s buy in to the plan and to contribute toward it moving forward and being refined as necessary.
The Newport City Council begins its Monday night meeting at 6pm
The council will also be getting an update from Surfrider Foundation on their efforts to gain more momentum in the community for asking the city council to ban single use shopping bags that are normally used at grocery stores. The council will also consider at leaner, more efficient way of naming streets within the city limits. This follows a minor “tornado in a bottle” issue over the proposed re-naming of SE 84th Streeet, some calling on the city to broaden its horizons because there are many people who are worthy of having their name put on a street sign.