By Associated Press - Sunday, July 12, 2015

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - Hernando merchants hope a parking limit on the downtown square will let more customers shop.

Starting next month, street parking on the outer perimeter will be limited to two hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Each violation will cost $25, with the threat of a boot for any vehicle with at least eight unpaid tickets.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal ( ) reports that the ordinance was approved last week and takes effect after 30 days.

Alderman Gary Higdon says downtown business owners tell him drivers circle for a while, looking for a parking place, and then go elsewhere to shop.

Signs will go up soon, after inspection to decide where they go.

The county, not Hernando, controls the inner ring right next to the DeSoto Courthouse grounds.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,

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