Traffic a Concern for Downtown Biz Owners

Flotteron pitches solutions at Sayville chamber meeting.

Councilman Steve Flotteron said he would work to change parking rules in the downtown area.

Sayville businessowners hope he succeeds.

Speaking at the Sayville Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting at Oysterman's Restaurant and Pub, the Islip official offered some hope when he said that there are short-and-long-term plans to combat this problem.

He said one suggestion was to improve the lighting and appearance behind the stores to make those parking lots more attractive to shoppers, so patrons don't have to rely only on Main Street parking.

"We fixed the pot holes and addressed some short term goals to deal with parking. There is still more that needs to be done," Flotteran said.

Flotteran also pitched long-term parking located in the back of the stores. He said the closer  you get to the store, the shorter time you have to park, thus creating more of a turn around.

Finally, Flotteran suggested that employees avoid parking on Main Street, thus freeing up space for customers.

"It is a long process just to change signage," Flottternan said, who encouraged the chamber to apply for grants to get the work done.

Seperately, police officer Joel Reines said there been some trouble with loitering kids on Main Street. He said businessowners should contact the police department if this happens outside their store.

And in other chamber news, Chamber president Richard Trpicovsky announced that the chamber is revamping their website. He also introduced new chamber members at the meeting, including Sayville Patch.

Grace Papagno from The Common Ground encouraged everyone to attend the July 2 show of Big Shot at the Common Ground.  The group provides free concerts and events in the park. The Common Ground is also selling 6 note cards for $5. Contact The Common Ground, which survives on donations, for more information.

Also, Christine Schomber from Sayville's Good Samaritan Nursing Home spoke of their first annual fundraising event – a Chinese Auction and Spaghetti Dinner on June 30. Click here for more information.

The chamber meets on a monthly basis. For more information on how to join, click here



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