REDINGTON BEACH — Town commissioners were urged to add “no parking” signs to several park-like areas along Second Street by a resident who said conditions along that street raise concerns about child safety and “future crime.”
Richard Cariello said April 17 that a parking ordinance passed in June resulted in contractors parking on streets where residents thought parking was not allowed.
“The genie is out of the bottle,” he said. The situation now appears to be “fair game park as you wish.”
Cariello specified four areas along Second Avenue he described as “triangular shaped open air areas” that he said needed to be posted as “no parking:”
• Northeast corner of 159th Avenue
• Northwestern and southeastern corners of 160th Avenue
• Southwest corner of 161st Avenue.
The 2018 regulations made parking along the numbered avenues and First Street illegal without a valid resident parking permit.
Second Street is an unobstructed arterial road through town, making it the “second most highly trafficked road” in Redington Beach, he said, with Gulf Boulevard being the first.
“Being a direct route there is much commercial traffic using Second Street,” said Cariello, a member of the Parks Board. “The size of the parking areas along Second Street by these open air areas makes it ideal for parking of commercial vehicles, a situation not in tune to our residential living community.”
School bus pickup and drop-off points along Second Avenue cause the open air areas ”to become trafficked with parents and children,” he said.
Parking in those areas also creates the possibility of them becoming “a very probable future crime event” with parked cars acting as “blinds” to conceal any criminal activity, he said.
“My sense of urgency in this matter is compelled by the fact that our schools’ summer vacation will be starting in only a few short weeks,” Cariello said. “More children using the open air areas, more chance for a tragedy, for a crime.”
Commissioners did not comment during the public forum period during which Cariello spoke. After the meeting, Mayor Nick Simons said the situation described by Cariello was an “unintended consequence” of the ordinance passed last summer.
In other business:
• Andrew Laflin, a principal of the firm CliftonLarsonAllen, presented the town’s annual audit which he said found “no internal control deficiencies” and that financial reports were “correctly stated.”
The audit found increases in revenue of $31,200 in charges for services as compared to 2017. Laflin said the increase was largely from a one-time code violation of $31,500. Investment income grew by $23,500, but funds from grants and contributions declined by more than $131,500. That decrease came primarily from a slowing of FEMA-related construction.
Because of the winding down of that FEMA work, Redington Beach also spent $117,200 less than 2017 on “physical environment.” Expenses for “culture and recreation” were up by $35,400 because of storm debris cleanup and $11,000 in upgrades to a town park.
• Approved on second and final reading an ordinance to help update town codes by deleting outdated or unenforceable provisions and incorporating current state and federal requirements.
• Re-appointed Edward Fernandez to the Planning Board, where he currently serves as chairman