Parking along Beach Avenue takes spotlight at Atlantic Beach commission meeting

Parking along Beach Avenue takes spotlight at Atlantic Beach commission meeting
Parking along Beach Avenue takes spotlight at Atlantic Beach commission meeting

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – The Atlantic Beach City Commission took public comments Thursday night on a hot button issue -- the reclaiming of a city right-of-way in neighborhoods, to allow for more parking along Beach Avenue.

Residents are worried that the city’s decision will allow their community to turn into a more jam-packed Jacksonville Beach environment, when it comes to parking.

“There is already a multitude of wrong-way drivers, particularly on the weekends,” said Lee Elmore, a resident. “More parking will only increase this hazard as tourists and townies circle about looking for parking spaces.”

“What we need is parking management, a parking policy with consistent signage -- street markings on the parking that already exists throughout all the numbered streets close to the oceanfront,” one person said.

Among the comments came gratitude for the commission -- looking out for the residents.

Others shared concerns about what a influx of drivers could mean for their neighborhoods -- to the trash left behind by more beachgoers coming in from other areas.

No votes were taken during the Thursday meeting.


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