On Friday, June 10, I had occasion to drive into Blanco. My purpose was to drop off items at our great recycling center and to mail two packages which I needed to get out that day. I had totally forgotten about the Lavender Festival starting that day. I was amazed when I drove north to 4th Street, encountering the many vendors set up on the courthouse grounds and the vast numbers of vehicles parked everywhere. Needless to say, I was unable to find any available parking near the Post Office, requiring me to drive to Dripping Springs to complete my mailings.
On my way to FM 165 on Loop 163 I encountered a volunteer and stopped, complaining of my inability to park near the Post Office - not even in the Handicap slot - and I do have a Handicap placard. He was very apologetic and gracious and explained to me that handicap parking was available on Pecan Street east of the courthouse, on the opposite side of 4th Street from the bank and Post Office. My response was that it was still too far for me to safely walk that distance to the Post Office, trying to maneuver my way through 4th Street traffic, which was bumper-to-bumper.
My suggestion for future festivals would be that a minimum of five or six reserved parking spaces with a 15-to-20-minute time limit be provided on 4th Street, situated halfway between the bank and Post Office, with an officer of the law stationed at those spaces to enforce that time limit and, in fact, have the ability to write a ticket for offenders. Of course, these reserved spaces could be released following closing time for both the bank and the Post Office and would be limited to Friday and 3-4 hours on Saturday. This would ensure that our citizens who need to conduct personal business in town would be able to do so.
As grateful as I am for the increased business for our town, as well as the mouth-to-mouth publicity, which will only tend to increase attendance in coming years, I think the city is doing a disservice to those local individuals who are not into attending the festival itself, but who need to be in town for other personal business.
Thank you for allowing me to vent my frustrations in this manner.