CB 14 Votes No To SFP Parking
After weeks of debate, the Community Board 14 Transportation Committee has voted to leave Shore Front Parkway free of metered parking and bicycle lanes.
At the Wednesday, May 3 CB 14 Transportation committee meeting, concerned residents filled the meeting room at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street to make sure their voices were heard.
The overwhelming sentiment was one of total disapproval for the DOT’s proposal – a plan that involved putting metered parking and bicycle lanes on the south side of Shore Front Parkway.
“I don’t trust DOT. Instead of trying to put parking spaces, why not just include more transportation services?” said Patty McCabe, a longtime Shore Front Parkway resident.
McCabe, who has lived on Shore Front Parkway for more than 27 years, slammed the DOT’s proposal, saying that, as it stands, she has trouble finding parking on most days. She also fears that the added parking along the beach will produce more garbage, with people leaving their trash on the street.
“Leave my parking alone and don’t screw with my beach, please,” said McCabe.
The DOT’s parking meter proposal allowed for metered parking on the south side of Shore Front Parkway from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and included twoway bicycle lanes next to parked cars.
Rockaway Beach Civic Association President John Cori is glad that the CB 14 Transportation Committee listened to the community and that the board was finally able to come to a decision.
“I’m really happy about this decision,” said Cori. “I’m so proud of the community on coming out and having their voices heard.”
On Tuesday, May 2, the monthly RBCA meeting was held at Bungalow Restaurant to discuss DOT’s Shore Front Parkway plans.
The meeting had a large turnout of Shore Front Parkway residents, some who wanted to see parking, but many who didn’t agree with the plan.
“We got something that we didn’t ask for,” said Cori. “We should have the final say.”
During the Tuesday night meeting, even Queens Borough President Melinda Katz spoke out against the parking plan, saying that parking along Shore Front Parkway is not a realistic idea.
“I don’t think anyone could imagine living on Shore Front Parkway with parking on the south side,” said Katz.
The vote opposing the plan left many attendees satisfied.
“Democracy was put into motion tonight and the people’s voices were heard,” said Cori.