Susanne Johnston: Better traffic management needed for Frisco BBQ |

Susanne Johnston: Better traffic management needed for Frisco BBQ

Susanne JohnstonFrisco Wine Merchant & Foodies

The Frisco Barbecue Challenge is a long-standing tradition in Frisco. I think people that attend the Barbecue Challenge generally really enjoy the event. We enjoyed a couple of tasty meals. My concern is the management of the event in regard to parking and traffic control. I own a business, not on Main, but in the Mount Royal Plaza, and I spend all of two days telling people they cannot park in front of my store. In the seven hours both days I was at my store watching people return from the BBQ to their cars, I bet I saw three people with shopping bags in hand. I hope there were many more, but I think most people attend the BBQ for the BBQ. If the town would direct traffic for parking to the Summit Stage lot and then shuttle folks to the marina, this would keep people from parking on private property. If the event was held at the Marina, then stores on Main might have normal shopping customers. What happens to the sale of gas at The Loaf and Jug? Having a police officer on Main and Summit Blvd. directing people to the parking lot at the Marina would be helpful. This event is not getting any smaller. I feel the Town really needs to make an effort to manage it better for the benefit of local businesses and landowners.

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