1999-07-03 / Editorial/Opinion

Keep Off The Grass

We’re in the middle of that summer tradition of car juggling so we thought it timely to throw our two cents in.

It’s time for resident stickers.

When the parking rules were first established, more than 50 years ago, many families didn’t own cars at all and most of those who did had but one family car. Times have certainly changed. It’s not unusual for families to have three cars these days. One each for mom and dad and (at least) one for the young driver in the house. And that’s nothing to say about the many two and three family homes that dot the west end.

We think a sticker----with a $100 price tag---would alleviate this ongoing nuisance. We suggest the $100 be used for local concerns like garden clubs or beach clean-ups.

With resident parking permits we’d have a better looking neighborhood, too. As it is now, too many people are forced to park cars on lawns. (And too many do this for a tidy profit).

The restrictions should be altered to accommodate all residents. In the meantime, why in the world should No Parking begin at midnight? If we must live with weekend parking restrictions there is no justification to start them until 9 a.m. on Saturday. If car shuffling has to be done, it can wait until the morning.

The Community Board should hear all sides on this one. And then Al Stabile can start working with the City Council and the Department of Transportation.

Residents, all residents, should have a chance to park in their own neighborhood.

 

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