Wiregrass Newsroom: Dothan to Enforce Downtown Parking Rules

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) -- As new business continues to move to downtown Dothan the number of people travelling downtown is on the rise.

Anticipating a growth in business traffic, the city is creating a new police unit to patrol the area.

The new unit is designed to prevent a rise in crime, but they're also making sure that everyone follows parking rules.

"We're getting requests now to enforce the parking laws," said Mike West, City Manager of Dothan.

City officials say people parking in two hour spots meant for quick turnover, instead are parking all day.

The city says with more business downtown they're making sure that this rule is enforced properly, to ensure that parking violations aren't hindering economic growth.

"There really is plenty of parking downtown if you're willing to walk very seldom is the civic center lot full," said West.

The city is also adding spots to help with growth.  Over the last few months, the city has demolished vacant buildings to build a new parking lot.