Surf City Parking Ticket Fears Subside With Curb Markings
Business community had lobbied for markings in 'no parking' areas
The borough faced criticism over the heavy enforcement primarily because officials long refused to mark the areas where parking is prohibited, leaving residents to engage in a guessing game as to whether they've parked 25 feet away from the street end, or one or two feet too short of the mark.
Business owners often complained that their customers were receiving frequent tickets after they either didn't know the 25 foot law was in place or simply misjudged how close they were to an intersection – all because of the lack of markings.
That changed this weekend, as groups of volunteers from a local Girl Scout troop and the Surf City Taxpayers Association teamed up to mark the cubs themselves.
The Girl Scout members as well as association volunteers were busy Saturday painting the curbs yellow in the areas less than 25 feet from each intersection in order to properly delineate areas where parking is prohibited.
"The painting of curbs will not only make it safer for pedestrians to see oncoming traffic before attempting to cross Long Beach Boulevard, but will also address complaints from business owners, who saw their unknowing patrons ticketed for violating the 25 foot ordinance," the Taxpayers Association said in a newsletter published earlier this year.
The Borough Council adopted the "yellow paint plan" over the winter, the association said.