1999-08-14 / Editorial/Opinion

Helping The Disabled

Trying to find a parking spot on Beach 116 street on a Saturday or Sunday during the summer months is nearly impossible. Locals drive around in hopes of someone pulling out, but often it is a futile attempt, with many parking for the day and running from the beach to their car feeding the meter. Now imagine being disabled and trying to find parking on 116 street. Look around and you’ll notice that there is no handicapped parking on the block. The municipal lot offers spots, but they also tend to be taken on a busy day. Disabled locals get frustrated after many attempts trying to find a spot and decide to go home. That’s not only bad for them, but it’s bad for business. How about making 116 street more disabled-friendly? There are many options, which several business owners expressed that they would support. How about a blue line running parallel to the sidewalk and designated as parking for the disabled (obviously, with handicapped parking tags clearly displayed)? Maybe several spots on both the middle and beach block could be specified for the disabled. On a busy day, this would guarantee that at least several spots throughout the block would be available. Whatever suggestion it might be, our local elected officials should recognize the concerns of the disabled in our community and work toward making the stores on 116 street available to all.

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