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Milford business owners concerned by parking changes

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A decades-old Milford restaurant said Friday their business has been threatened by new parking restrictions. 

Mike Alfa's Bar and Grill has thrived on Naugatuck Avenue for 36 years.

But the owner fears that may change with new parking rules on the street.

Mike Alfa spoke with Channel 3's Matt McFarland about the rules, that he said are illogical.

"They put up a 15 minute no parking sign, in front of my store. You come in, order a pizza and take it to go, it's going to take 20 minutes so it's just not going to work out," said Alfa.

The city of Milford had good intentions when they put the rules in place.

They created the restrictions to ensure visitors of Walnut Beach do not drop off their cars in front of businesses.

However, what was created to be less convenient for visitors has also made parking less convenient for residents.

Cynthia Hempel said she now must park on a neighboring street that has parking spots set aside for residents.

"It's scary for me to have to come home and then have to walk a couple of blocks late at night, by myself and have nowhere to park," said Hempel.

Businesses owners like Greyson Schwing think there are better ways to handle the issue of visitor parking.

"There might be some designated close parking areas for employees. If we had tags, residents could get tags so police know it's a legitimate car and shouldn't be ticketed," said Schwing.

The city and police department declined our request for comment on-camera.

However, during April's police commissioner meeting, Milford's chief said they will continue to consider changes to the parking plan.

He also said changes could be made quickly if it becomes necessary.

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