I totally agree with all you say, and only regret that you are probably preaching to the converted. Have you thought of sending your piece to a Manx paper? Someone with the power to help change things might then see it, or you might influence locals, particularly those benefitting from the tourist trade, to campaign for change.
By the way, parking was cheaper this summer in my neighbouring town of S upon A since they've turned the riverside area into one huge building site. They'll probably increase it again on the run up to Christmas so perhaps you should go now and make the most of it!