2007-10-05 / Letters

West End Parking Problem

Dear Editor,

Your editorial in this week's paper did not do justice to the problem we renters face in the west end of Rockaway. I rent an apartment on Beach 127 Street, near the new malls and the new "No Parking Any Time" signs. Unfortunately, my apartment comes without a parking spot, which is not a problem during the winter months, when you can park on the street. Come May, however, things get tough, especially on weekends and holidays. I have been told that there is no parking allowed on Rockaway Beach Boulevard because of the new center malls and that the malls are there to "make the community look more like Neponsit." I have to wonder why we need to look more like our neighboring community. Aren't home prices high enough to satisfy those who run our community organization? Why must we punish those who rent apartments here to kick up the home prices a couple of bucks when they are already in the $750,000 range? Then, I am told by old-timers that you can have parking on the 200, 300, 400 and 500 blocks because the parking, even on one side, limits emergency response vehicles. How can parking limit emergency response vehicles during the summer, but not in the winter? That makes no sense and I understand that the parking rules were made simply to keep "them" off our beaches.

I like the ideas in the editorial. Change the rules so that we can park on the streets from Memorial Day (Or, better yet, July 4) to Labor Day. Then, have resident-only parking. I am willing to pay $100 or so for the right to park nearby where I live. I assume that others in my position would be willing to pay as well. Certainly, anything would be better than it is now.

It is unfair for those who have nice, long driveways to force those who do not to look for parking far from home simply because it looks better to people passing through and it might add to the vaules of their homes.

That is not the American way. The central mall serve no purpose other than an asthetic one. Very often, cars riding on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in that area pass on the right, creating a very dangerous situation. Allowing parking there would cut the road to one lane, eliminating that dangerous condition.

In addition, I see parents of kids who go to St. Francis de Sales parochail school parked illegally on both the sidestreets near the school and on Rockaway Beach Boulevard each school day at the beginning of the day and at dismissal around 2 p.m. They are forced to park illegally to keep their kids safe and then they are given tickets because they parked there. Where is the fairness in that?

Please give us back our streets and our parking spots. Allow parking on all but the beach block during the summer months. Change the rules so that it is legal to park while picking up your kids from school. Money is not more important than the safety of our children.


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