2009-12-04 / Letters

Need To Change Summer Parking Regulations

Dear Editor,

As a new resident in the Belle Har - bor community- I purchased a home in May 2008- I was pleased, no - elated, to read that The Wave is in favor of changing the exclusionary, restrictive and most annoying summertime parking restrictions to benefit its residents.

I used the beach here, driving from Brooklyn for many years on weekdays, and literally raised my two children on the beach. During that time, we made many friends in the community. However, it was annoying that I couldn't bring my family to the beach

Letters on weekends or holidays because of the parking restrictions unless I had a friend who had available parking. Al - so, evening social events on weekends became a parking nightmare with the jockeying of cars and using friends of friends' driveways just to attend an event between 149th Street and 116th Street. But I did manage. Now that I am living here, the problem is EVEN more of an inconvenience.

Firstly, I was ticketed, only twice, for not moving my car. (One kind neighbor called to alert me that I hadn't moved my car at 11PM on a Friday night, or it would have been three tic - k ets.) Many of you know the feeling— as neighbors have told me the same has happened to them. OK, it was my fault; I broke the law, but, really, give a person a chance to wake up and move a car. Don't you think getting a ticket at 4:59 AM is abominable?

Then there is the annoying moving of cars between family members to get out and about on a holiday and during the weekend. Furthermore, my mother has a health aide who drives here, and she is also inconvenienced with car moving when she works on the weekend. So it's three cars in the family on weekends and that's quite the circus-juggling stunt. And I have seen more cars than my three in other driveways. Is anyone read ing this smiling about all this maneuvering?

Finally, there is the social aspect of having friends and family visit and where to park. Hey, I am no crybaby here, as I have legal parking for six cars in my driveway- without driving on the sidewalk or driving over the curb to park on my lawn! (That's an - other story.) But, it is ridiculous that to entertain on weekend eve nings, re - sidents are forced to pick and choose whom to invite to visit and/or to make arrangements for parking cars around the neighborhood. And that's not for block parties when residents take ad - vantage and park all over the neighborhood with laser printed signs and hand-written signs that have no "official parking" status assigned to them. How many times have you had to limit the number of your visitors or ask a neighbor for extra parking be - cause of the present rules?

These are a few of my grievances about the parking restrictions. I would join a committee to support changing these summertime restrictions if one were formed.

Also, I would pay for a permit to park on MY street in front of MY house during the summer. Or, maybe the restriction period could start on Sat., Sun., and holidays from 9AM to 7PM; this would allow our evening visitors to park. Do you think an exodus from Brooklyn and northern Que - ens of DFD's would be driving over the bridges fifteen minutes be fore the restrictions are lifted to get in a night at the beach?

Or, what other suggestions for chan - g ing these parking restrictions are out there among our educated residents? This is a dialogue that needs to be addressed with closure to change the present nightmarish parking rules, and The Wave, in its editorial, is offering our community a forum to present ideas and affect change to make living here easier and less stressful for three and a half months every year. After all, it is the summertime, and the living should be easy.

Make a list, check it twice, and send it to The Wave; let's change the parking restrictions for the 2010 beach season and the future.

RICHARD E. SANTAGA

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