REDINGTON BEACH – Designated parking may soon be allowed on the causeway.
With recent landscaping improvements at 161st Avenue Causeway Park, Redington Beach’s park board requested the commission allow the creation of a parking area to prevent motorists from parking on the new plantings.
“If you give them a place to aim for, they won’t be running over the flowers,” said Vice Mayor Fred Steiermann.
The current ordinance does not allow parking on the causeway. Park board member Marilyn Barber said people living near the causeway may not like cars parked there.
On the flip side, she said, folks park there anyway; the town may as well provide them a space. Plus, the town does not have a public place for fishing, Barber said.
“We have kicked this around for a long time,” she said.
At its March 16 meeting the commission passed on first reading an ordinance that would allow parking on the causeway in areas designated by the town.
The commission is still working out the exact location of the designated parking.
They are trying to find a parking area that will be acceptable for residents living near the causeway.
He said on the other hand being able to park and fish would be nice for residents.
The second reading of the causeway-parking ordinance, which gives the town the ability to designate parking but does not specify the exact location, is set for April 20.
The town thanked exiting commissioners and welcomed new ones at the March 16 meeting.
Commissioners David Drillick and Michele Fox both served one two-year term.
Mayor Nick Simons extended a special thanks to Drillick for his work in facilitating the updating of many town ordinances.
New commissioners Tom Dorgan and David Will took the oath of office.
Dorgan, a computer programmer, served on the town’s finance committee for three years prior to his election on the commission.
Will, a small business owner, was on the town’s board of adjustments and captains the town’s holiday boat parade.
The commission elected Fred Steiermann as vice mayor. In Redington Beach each commissioner serves as a town department head. This year the department heads are: public safety, Dorgan; building, Will; finance, Mark Deighton; and public works and parks, Steiermann.