2005-12-16 / Community

Parking Problems (And Tickets) Abound On B. 116 St.

Reports have been coming into The Wave all week from people complaining about the new parking on Beach 116 Street and as well as from others who feel that they received parking tickets when they did nothing illegal. For example, the left turn lane from Beach 116 Street north to Newport Avenue is not marked as a turn lane, nor are there signs that say No Parking. The turn lane is marked only by a single white line, exactly like the parking lanes on the remainder of the street. Yet, at least four people got $110 tickets for parking in that zone. Many of the merchants on the street have complained that the lack of parking meters has hindered their business, many stating that they are down nearly 40 percent from last year’s holiday season. They complain that workers from the new condo complex at the south end of the street come early in the morning and park all day, blocking spaces that could be used for customers. “People are not going to come here to shop if they can’t find a place to park on the street,” said one angry storeowner. In addition, as pictured, there are no lines denoting parking spaces. These four cars are parked just far enough apart to take up a fifth, and perhaps a sixth spot. The storeowner made the point that people park far from the car in front of them so that they do not have to maneuver to get out. He urged people to park closer to the car in front or in back of them to leave space for others. Parking is restricted enough, he said, without people becoming selfish and taking up two spaces rather than the one allocated. DOT officials say that the Muni-meter system will be installed shortly, hopefully doing away with much of the problem.

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