2004-01-30 / Community

Opposition Grows To RBB Parking Ban

By Howard Schwach
Opposition Grows To RBB Parking Ban By Howard Schwach

Opposition in the Belle Harbor community is growing to a plan that would eliminate parking along both sides of Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 126 Street to Beach 139 Street.

"The signs have been ordered," City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, who represents that portion of the community, told The Wave on Thursday. "There has been no significant opposition to the plan."

The new restrictive signs would re portedly be placed along Rockaway Beach Boulevard at the behest of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association through its president, Barbara Larkin.

Larkin and her association were also instrumental in the city’s placement of center malls on that stretch of Rock away Beach Boulevard, something that many locals fought on the grounds that the malls were unnecessary, that they would impede traffic and that they would be dangerous for those attempting a u-turn on the wide boulevard.

The plan was approved by Com munity Board 14, however, and the malls were constructed last summer.

With the construction of the malls and cars parked curbside, only one lane is available for motorists, something that those in favor of the plan to eliminate parking think is dangerous.

Those who want the parking to re main say that the parking spaces on the boulevard are often the only spots available to those who rent apartments and do not have access to a driveway.

"This is going to have a mushrooming effect," resident Palmer Doyle, who opposes the new parking ban, told The Wave. "People who live on the beach block and once parked on the boulevard will now park on the 200 block or the 300 block, forcing the people who live on those blocks to look for parking elsewhere."

City Councilman Addabbo told The Wave that he urges those who are opposed to the parking ban to call him at his Rockaway office or to put their opposition in writing and send it to him.

His office is at 92-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park, New York, 11694.


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