2002-06-01 / Letters

Summer Parking Permits

Summer Parking Permits

Dear Editor;

There have been several letters addressing the parking problem that Rockaway residents are facing once again as a result of the summer weekend restrictions. Some of the letters have suggested completely lifting the restrictions. Others have said that they do not want the
restrictions lifted. However, they do not have any practical solutions to the problem.

I do not believe that lifting the weekend parking restrictions will solve the problem. It will only create new ones.  The streets will be crowded to capacity on weekends and residents will be faced with the same parking obstacles that they have now. On top of that, traffic along
Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach Channel Drive will be at a complete standstill. Has anyone driven (or should I say "attempted to drive") in Coney Island on a summer weekend recently? Last summer, I attempted to drive to the New York Aquarium on a Sunday, and it was a complete disaster. What should be a 15-20 minute drive wound up taking over an hour. If I didn't give up and turn around, I probably would have been sitting idle in my car on Surf Avenue for two more hours. Does anyone want that to happen to Rockaway?

As a renter, I have long been a proponent of issuing resident parking permits for homeowners and renters alike. If your car is registered in Rockaway, you receive a permit for summer weekend street parking. Last year, I wrote to several politicians and the Department of
Transportation, but to no avail. I also wrote a letter to the Wave last year in an attempt to get this initiative rolling, but I did not receive a large enough response to my attempt at organization. Once again, I would be willing to take the lead in organizing this initiative if anyone else is interested. I'm not sure if this is feasible, but it is worth looking into.

However, if the only options we have are to keep the restrictions the way they are or rescind them, I'll keep them. It is worth the inconvenience to keep Rockaway clean and free of traffic. Lifting the parking restrictions would be a disaster for our community.

MATTHEW E. MCLEAN


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