Dothan Police enforcing Foster and W. Troy Street parking times

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DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) Dothan Police are cracking down on people staying beyond the 2-hour parking limit on some downtown streets.

"We've had a lot of different people that have started parking all day in those limited parking spots outside the door and it was never intended to be that", said Jansen Tidmore, the Executive Director of the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority.

When the 2 hour parking was implemented in downtown Dothan, specifically on Foster and West Troy Street, it was intended to give people enough time to eat, or shop, then be on their way.

"It makes it difficult for my customers or the customers of the local restaurants and other shops down to find somewhere to park", said Christy Keyton, owner of Naomi and Olive.

Christy parks in the parking lot behind her store. Tidmore says, in big cities, such as Atlanta, people are more than happy to be able to park within a block of their destination, but in Dothan it’s a different story.

"A lot of people that work downtown have a tendency to park their car on Foster Street and then don't come back for the whole day", said Keyton.

A huge problem is North Foster Street sits near several major buildings, including the Dothan Civic Center, the Houston County Court House and Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Court.

"It’s a $10 fine. It's the cheapest one we've got", said Sergeant Chris Watson, of the Dothan Police Department.

The regulations will only apply during normal business hours, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.