Editor’s note: This letter is reprinted with permission by its author regarding a solution to the beach side parking situation.
From: Robert Jones
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2018 11:42 AM
To: Bursick, Tammy
Subject: Ocean Drive Parking Solutions
Please forward this email to Council Member Young and Laura Moss’ official email box.
Dear Council Members Young and Moss,
I have listened with great interest to the Council discussion concerning Ocean Drive parking solutions. Clearly, this is not an easy challenge to solve, given the competing interests of business owners, patrons, beach goers and employees, as well as the high costs of adding parking capacity and enforcement.
Recently, I have been made aware of a solution used by the City of Stuart that Vero Beach should seriously consider. As I understand it, there is a three hour/day time limit for parking anywhere in the downtown area adjacent to businesses, as well as increasingly stiff fines for repeat violators. Patrol officers take periodic pictures of license plates, which are sent to a system that detects day-long violations, bills the offender and tracks the life cycle of the citation and violation history. It solves the problem of people skirting regulations by moving cars to other spots and effectively forces employees and full-day beach goers not to park in zones designated for shop and restaurant patrons. This solution avoids a significant multi-year commitment to a kiosk system, does not seem to place a major operational burden on City staff and probably could be implemented this year before the busy season [see links below]
Clearly, Vero will not fully solve the parking challenge without adding appropriate parking capacity for employees. I was intrigued by Ocean Grill owner Mark Tipson’s offer to build a multi-level parking structure at his expense on the parking lot he owns just west of his restaurant. That central location would seem ideal for employees at most establishments in the beach business district.
Thanks for considering and passing these thoughts on if you feel appropriate.
Vito Lorenzo, City of Stuart Police Department Parking/Code Enforcement: firstname.lastname@example.org