CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The public parking lot at Cape Coral yacht club reopened Thursday after weeks of customer complaints about valet taking the lot.
For the last six weeks, a valet service with Boat House restaurant had used the roughly 40-spot parking area. The change created community backlash.
"We come down here regularly I would say in the last 25 years. It was always hard to find a spot," said Cape Coral resident RoseMarie Pirolo. "I've heard it's helped a little bit. There's pros and cons in everything I guess. The regulars are saying there's not enough spots for them to park, and some people don't want to be obligated eating there just to get a spot."
Thursday, the valet lot was moved west into a grassy, overflow lot on Driftwood Parkway. WINK News talked to several beachgoers who were happy to see the lot back open to the public.
"I'd say it's probably a good idea to listen to the people," said Pat Boyhan.
In fact, Boyhan only came down Thursday because he knew the lot was reopened and he could park close to the restaurant for free.
"It was available today. [I] Didn't have to pay for the valet parking. They have 50 extra spots, so I figured I catch one," said Boyhan.
There is still a valet service available. Cars can pull up to the front and a driver will take the car across the street. It costs $3 to park Sunday through Thursday and $5 Friday and Saturday. Originally, the city had said the valet lot would be well-served at the parking lot because the valet could increase parking spaces by double parking.