Wednesday, August 17, 2011

PARKatlanta gets served by chef Paul Luna — a lawsuit, not tapas

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 11:56 AM

It seems a cruel coincidence that chef Paul Luna opened his Mitchell Street restaurant Lunacy Black Market right around the same time the city signed a contract to outsource parking enforcement to the oft-maligned PARKatlanta.

Since the agency began installing meters and ramping up enforcement — exhibiting a particular vim on Mitchell Street — in early 2010, Luna has been one of its most vocal opponents. According to the Daily Report's blog, Luna filed a petition on Friday claiming that PARKatlanta is in violation of the city's parking ordinance and the city charter.

From ATLAW blog:

In a petition filed Friday, Luna “argues that the City of Atlanta has improperly changed the character” of its parking ordinance in violation of the city charter and without the consent of Georgia Legislature.

“Mr. Luna believes that the City of Atlanta improperly delegated part of its police power by entering into a contract that allows a private entity to enforce parts of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances,” says the petition, filed by Atlanta attorney Cory J. Lynch.

“He also believes the that the City of Atlanta in conjunction with Park Atlanta [sic] has used the parking ordinance as a revenue measure because the scheme of the ordinance is such that receipts will be continuous and will exceed the cost of installation, maintenance and regulation.”

Luna has long argued that PARKatlanta's enforcement has negatively impacted his business and driven his patrons away. Lunacy Black Market recently discontinued lunch service, which may or may not be related (Luna is currently on vacation).

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