Kure Beach Council Discusses Parking Regulations; Enforcement

Kure Beach Council Discusses Parking Regulations; Enforcement

Kure Beach Council Discusses Parking Regulations; Enforcement Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:41

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

KURE BEACH -  The Kure Beach Town Council held a public hearing on May 15th, regarding proposed changes to the Town's ordinances regulating parking on public right-of-ways.

The Council ultimately decided to research the proposed changes in more detail after hearing feedback from residents expressing concerns the new regulations would present various problems including eliminating parking in front of homes, parking during parties and presenting problems for contractors building new homes or servicing things like Heating and Air units. 

Mayor Craig Bloszinsky explained, "The proposed amendments clarify the language in the current code on ticketing and payment of fines. Prohibit the parking of vehicles in the right-of-way. Prohibit parking in the street unless it is clearly designated parking spaces. Prohibit parking on Town utility easements. Allow towing for any parking violation. Restrict parking of unattached non-passenger vehicles such as trailers. In residential districts, owners and lessors can park in the front yard setback that they own or lease."

Bloszinsky explained, "The reason we came up with this... is there has been a lot of feedback  on parking in the Town. Parking in the neighborhoods. Parking on 421 in the street. Parking around the beach. And it is incumbent on us to management parking because if we don't manage parking people will park where they wish to."

He explained the effort to clarify the language in the ordinance was led by Councilman Joseph Whitley and said, "This is first attempt to get control of parking for our Town. We may not have it all right. If we need to make adjustments that make sense we will go ahead and make those adjustments. This is for you, us to get control of our parking."

Several people expressed concerns about how enforcing no parking in the right-of-way will reduce parking options for people with limited available parking on their properties. Other people wrote letters to the Council.

Whitley read a letter to the Council from Mario Paparozzi stating they have lived in Kure Beach for about 15 years and, "Over the years we have watched a lack of regulation and enforcement of parking ordinances resulting in potentially serious public safety hazards and negative community aesthetics. These observations are of course increased during the summer months. However, they exist - albeit to a lesser extent year round - as a result other people or individuals who put their personal needs and desires above those of everyone else. We are hoping the Township's new interest in enforcement of parking regulations is not only for the summer season. We live on a narrow cul-de-sac and often have residents vehicles parked in the middle of the street blocking our mailbox and impeding safe egress from our driveway. While it's nice to think that community members can address these type of things informally, the reality is that informal discussions - even with the best of intentions - often result in arguments, given some animosity and the like. Therefore we feel it is essential for neutral bodies with enforcement authority to serve the community by pro actively and uniformly enforcing Township regulations and ordinances."

Following the public hearing, Whitley said he felt the Town should reform a committee to look at the proposed changes. He said the goal was to have the changes made by Memorial Day weekend, but that obviously wasn't going to happen. He said, "The goal was to get something in place for the season so we could address it in October or November to see how people responded and make changes for the upcoming year."

Councilman David Heglar said, "I agree .We can't rush it and make a big mess."

Heglar asked Police Chief Mike Bowden, "Do you have what you need right now if someone parks on pavement in Kure Beach to do something about it. Do you have something on ordinance right now that if they park blocking someones personal residence in the Town's right-of-way, but not on pavement, that you could do something about it?"

Chief Bowden said yes to both questions.

Heglar said, "Those are the two things I'm worried about. From my perspective, I think for people parking on pavement, that's problem number one and problem number two is, when they park illegally blocking someone's property in the Town right-of-way." He said, "That's what the one person didn't like is well all my friends could park anywhere they wanted to in my neighborhood and they got all these warnings. Well they can't. We've got to stop that."

Councilman Whitley made a motion to reconvene the parking committee within 30 days to start trying to address the issues raised during the hearing.

The Council voted unanimously.

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