FAMU Parking Nears 2 to 1 Ratio

By: Claudine Cleophat Email
By: Claudine Cleophat Email

FAMU has more than 8000 registered vehicles, but only about half the amount of parking spots. Students say FAMU's parking problem is in need of a permanent fix.

"It's ridiculous because they'll tow in a quickness and put a boot on and give you a ticket. We need to improve on it a little bit better or at least build another garage and a larger one," said FAMU student Patrice Bloomfield.

Some options for students include the 500-capacity garage or the stadium which parks about one thousand. Students have complained of inadequate lighting and security in the evening hours.

"You just never know with all the things I've heard previously with the robberies on FAMU campus and stuff. You never know who might come out of where," said Bloomfield.

With garages pricing as high as $16,000, FAMU Police Assistant Chief James Lockley says there's a limit in what the school can provide. However, safety should not be sacrificed.

"Safety is paramount with us. That's first and foremost. So we do everything to maximize that," said Lockley.

For now he's hoping more parking won't mean more in student fees.

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