Beginning Monday, July 9, the lot ‘will be reserved for use by people while they are visiting one of the tenants of the Post Office building,' according to the owner of the property. GOOGLE STREET VIEW IMAGE

Parking lot to close Monday

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — At least 30 parking spaces will be no longer available to the public in the downtown area beginning Monday, July 9, when the Post Office parking lot is closed.

In a message sent to the Acadia Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning, Ken Korona, owner of the lot, said violators are subject to being towed without further warning. This includes the paved and unpaved portions of the parking lot.

Legally, spaces must be made available for visitors of the post office, located in the building. The lot ‘will be reserved for use by people while they are visiting one of the tenants of the Post Office building,’ Korona said.

This includes visitors to the Common Good Café, Post Office, Harbor Barber, and other businesses whose offices are in the building.

The town had been leasing the lot from Korona for public parking, but the lease expired June 30.

In June, 134 residents, business owners and customers in Southwest Harbor signed a petition asking selectmen to pursue the preservation of the public post office parking lot.

Korona has sent the town manager two different proposals for how to proceed, he said in the email. One was to sell the entire parking lot to the town or two. The other is lease the entire lot for ten years.

‘It is up to the Town Manager and the Select Board to determine if they wish to pursue either of these options or neither’, the message also stated.

Southwest Harbor Board of Selectmen is next scheduled to meet on July 17.

The town is gearing up for next weekend’s Flamingo Festival and it’s not yet clear whether the lot will be available to the public during that event.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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