2010-01-22 / Letters

Out-Dated Parking Regulations

Dear Editor,

I would like to reply to Mr. Joseph O’Malley’s rebuttal to my concern over the out-dated west end parking regulations that haunt us seasonally.

First of all, I have to disagree that YOU have more rights than I do to voice my opinion. You being a million dollar homeowner and me, a renter. Secondly, you are incorrect to state that this is a “one-woman crusade,” as I DO have support from many local residents, whether homeowners or renters and local businesses.

You keep referring to the beaches as being YOURS, when in fact they are NOT owned by you, they are NYC public beaches. These beaches belong to everyone, and are paid for by ALL taxpayers, not just you.

The streets that we are forbidden to park on are in fact NYC public streets, also maintained by ALL taxpayers. This is not a gated community, it’s advertised as a beachfront community and instead of you trying to keep it private and YOURS, why not channel your efforts to making it a better beachfront community?

You suggested I walk a couple blocks to park my cars on Beach 116th Street, but I reside more than a couple blocks from there and don’t think it’s fair to those business owners to tie up parking for their customers. So, since apparently you must have ample parking, maybe you would be so kind as to offer me a spot at your place?

I understand your concern that there are no public facilities west of Beach 116th Street, and you are concerned about your property and the influx of DFD’s, so if you reread my letter, I offered a suggestion to the city to meet our needs at least half-way by issuing Resident Parking Stickers or that idea wouldn’t appease you either ??

Listen Mr. O’Malley, I’m not trying

Letters to make enemies here, I’m just trying to help the community by trying to work on a reasonable solution. Many of the million dollar homes you speak of, have been renovated into multifamily rental producing properties. The west end has also had newer constructions built which also brings more vehicles to park, as most families have more than one car.

I’m sure you live in a beautiful home, with a long long driveway, and that’s great and I’m happy for you but, there ARE others that live in this community as well. I really don’t see how changing the current parking regulations or issuing resident parking stickers would bring thugs and gangs to the higher numbered streets of the Rockaway peninsula.

There has to be a happy medium to this situation and it has to be addressed and decided by everyone, not just you.

Looking forward to your invitation to park.

KIM M. MANNINO

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