2004-01-09 / Editorial/Opinion

Never Too Early To Plan For Summer Parking

Never Too Early To Plan For Summer Parking

At a time when temperatures are plummeting into the 20’s, many of our readers will think it strange that we write here about summer parking. The parking problem has been with us since new and restrictive parking regulations were written decades ago. Those usual problems, however, have been exacerbated by the fact that there are now many more two family homes whose owners rent an apartment but not a parking space and the construction of the center between Beach 126 and Beach 139 Streets, which will surely remove many Rockaway Beach Boulevard parking spots from the mix by summer. There are a number of solutions to the problem, and the time to start thinking about those solutions is now, when the snow flies. One solution would be to continue to allow curbside parking on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Belle Harbor. Many locals believe that one lane of traffic is enough on that stretch of road and we agree. The second lane is redundant. Another, more wide-ranging solution would be resident-only parking on all but the beach block during summer weekends. Many large cities, including Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. have programs that allow only residents to park nearby their homes. Why not New York? We urge our legislators, particularly those at the city and state level, to get busy and insure that locals who do not have access to a driveway will have a place to park this coming summer.

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