2004-04-16 / Editorial/Opinion

Why Put Up ‘No Parking’ Signs On A Holiday Weekend?

Why Put Up 'No Parking' Signs On A Holiday Weekend?

City agencies continue to show disdain for the people who live in its communities. At 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, the day before Easter and two days prior to the last two days of Passover, the Department of Transportation (DOT) sent four crews to Rockaway Beach Boulevard to put up the new "No Parking Any Time" signs that have become so controversial over the past several months. We wonder, along with dozens of residents who called us on Saturday and Monday, why the DOT could not have waited until Wednesday, when both holidays had safely ended, to put the signs in place. Luckily, the local NYPD precinct had more compassion for the community and more brains than the DOT and it posted a semi-official "Time Out" for ticketing along that stretch for at least the weekend period. The DOT told The Wave that it is not unusual for signs to be put up on a Saturday and that there was no holiday on Saturday that would restrict them from putting up the signs. That statement alone shows a disregard for the traditions and the mores of the community in earlier conversations with the DOT, The Wave was told that the signs would be reevaluated in a "couple of months," to see if they should remain in place. That takes us until the summer is over. We urge those who are impacted by the signs to let City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Community Board 14 and the DOT know their feelings on the issue. We don't believe that the signs will ever be removed, even in the face of community opposition, but we continue to believe in miracles and maybe this will become one of them.


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