Guests visiting the brand new casino and hotel in Islandia aren't the only ones looking to make some extra money off the venue.
Along Bedford Avenue, just outside Jake's 58, a number of “no parking” streets signs are now covered in garbage bags so that casino guests can park legally there if they can't find a space in the official parking lot.
There's word, however, that the Village of Islandia is looking to cash in by installing about 200 parking meters on industrial-zoned side streets that are close to the casino, including Bedford Avenue and Raymond Drive.
Phyllis Zatyk of Bay Shore says it would ruin her enjoyment to have to feed a meter. She says if the casino failed to provide her with a free parking spot, it would lose her business.
The meter fees and anticipated revenue are not yet clear, but the need for overflow parking is certainly a concern with some choosing to park on the street last week because they reportedly couldn't find spaces in the casino's parking lot, which holds 643 cars.
A village spokesman tells FiOS1 News while there is ample valet parking and free parking at the hotel, to avoid confusion, the village has covered up several no-parking signs close to the casino until the parking meters are installed.
George Becker of East Patchogue was among the first guests to get to the casino Monday morning. He says since there are no homes where the meters would be placed, he doesn't see a problem with the village trying to make a little extra money.
Meantime, a spokesman for Delaware North, the Buffalo-based casino operator has issued a statement that reads:
"We have been monitoring the parking on a regular basis since Monday’s opening. At all times there has been ample parking available in our lot. Some customers have chosen to legally park on the street. As parking demand increases, we will be implementing the stacked parking."
It is not clear at this time when the meters will be installed.