Cart corral system a success
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ST. PETERSBURG -- When the Kash n' Karry at Pinellas Point unveiled its $2-million makeover in March, one of the highlights was a new system for corralling shopping carts.
The electronic guard under the parking lot locks the wheels of shopping carts when they reach the perimeter of the property.
"I would say it has worked. Of course, a few people are unhappy that they can't take them home now," store manager John Sievenpiper said.
He conceded a few carts have made their way off the store's property at the Skyway Plaza shopping center, Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) Street and 62nd Avenue S, but "not too many." Kash n' Karry paid more than $25,000 for the security system.
Neighbors had complained repeatedly about shopping carts on their lawns and around apartment buildings, said City Council member James Bennett, who represents the area.
"At the Greater Pinellas Point meetings, someone always brought up the fact that the carts were at the street corners or the apartments," he said. "With the new system, I don't see the Kash n' Karry carts out there. I've seen a huge difference. . . . As far as I know, it has been a huge success."
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