How can locals help Downtown MB?
Parking has always been one of the most difficult hurdles for businesses in Downtown Manhattan Beach and it’s further complicated by the coronavirus.
Our restaurants cannot welcome guests indoors and are surviving by serving outside. Locals embraced outdoor dining with overwhelming enthusiasm, and we are thankful! It does, however, further reduce our precious parking. Add beach-goers to that, and retailers & service providers are left with very little parking for the customers they so desperately need to survive.
In response, our community is making compromises. At the request of Downtown MB’s retailers, the City changed all street parking meters to one-hour maximum. No, it’s not long enough to dine AND shop; it’s also not long enough to go to the beach. Parking lots still offer 2-8 hours of parking for those visits, but we need street parking for customers, and this was the most