If you really want to understand how the folks that run downtown Wilmington have NO understanding of how to run even a simple meeting, here’s the proof. The set-up is this, a power breakfast downtown, they knew they would have lots of folks because the gubernatorial candidates were both going to be there. So how do they embarrass themselves? Nobody involved with this endeavor had figured out that getting out of a parking garage would be a nightmare that costs businesses time and money. It’s happened before, been reported before, but nobody has changed anything! This is the letter from the Wilmington Business Journal folks about what happened today:
I want to apologize to people who endured a long wait to leave the Convention Center parking garage after today’s Power Breakfast.
The city of Wilmington recently added the ability to take credit card payments in the Convention Center garage. Instead of paying with cash on the way in, attendees now pay with a credit card or cash on the way out. However, with more than 500 people leaving at the same time, this process created a long delay to get out of the garage.
I want to let you know what we’re doing to avoid this happening again:
First, we plan to include the parking charge in the ticket cost for future events. Attendees will have their parking ticket stamped or receive some other form of parking validation so they do not have to pay on the way out. This should relieve congestion leaving the garage.
Second, there will not be a parking charge at Monday’s special “Power Lunch” event with Roy Williams. We asked the city of Wilmington not to charge for parking at this one event as a “make good” for the long wait attendees had today and because we can not retroactively charge people for parking who already purchased tickets. The city has so far declined this request. If the city will not cover this cost, the Business Journal will absorb it to ensure our guests are not inconvenienced again.
Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
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