2005-12-02 / Community

Chamber Addresses B. 116 St. Parking Issues

People have been leaving their cars in “No Parking” zones marked with painted diagonal lines.People have been leaving their cars in “No Parking” zones marked with painted diagonal lines. The Chamber of Commerce this week released a parking update for Beach 116 Street with info about parking meters, loading zones, street cleaning and “No Parking” issues.

Muni-meters are slated for installation – on the median and sidewalk – by mid-December. “This may take place in stages with the meters at the medians going in first,” the Chamber update says.

Loading zones will be located in front of Brown’s Hardware, Kings Pharmacy, the Rockaway Beach Surf Shop and the Beach Club. Parking there will be off limits from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Now that the “Zig-Zag” center median is gone, the Department of Sanitation will be performing street cleaning along the median and sidewalk. The Chamber says tentative plans call for alternate side parking regulations, with cleaning during the morning hours on weekdays.

Signage will post the loading zone and alternate side of the street regulations but will not be used to mark “No Parking” where diagonal lines have already been painted. Vehicles can be seen parked illegally in those areas at all times of day, especially during business hours, and some drivers have received parking tickets for $35 - $55.

“You can’t park on white lines anywhere,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joanie Omeste reiterated. The Chamber also addressed an issue that surfaced when construction work began in September and the old meters were removed: many vehicle owners are overstaying their welcome.

“It has come to [the Chamber’s] attention that people are using this transition time to park on Beach 116 Street for the entire day. This impedes potential customers from parking in the area, and the Chamber asks that both the merchants and patrons be considerate of their neighbors especially during the holiday season,” says the Chamber’s message.

Omeste said the reconfiguration is “still a project in motion,” and there is some tweaking and details that will be addressed as the fast-moving project gets even closer to completion. The project is however far enough along for Omeste to give it her approval. “The street itself is so much more streamline,” she said, “It’s amazing how well people are parking.”

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