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#414888 - 08/27/11 02:20 PM New Public Parking Rules for San Pedro
Marty Offline

With a population of about 18,000 San Pedro is no longer the quaint fishing village it used to be. There are no more sandy streets to walk on. Instead we have cobbled stoned streets and a whole lot of vehicles. Traffic and public parking has become an eye sore for our Isla Bonita. There is much need for a public parking lot and other traffic regulations. The San Pedro Town Council and the Ambergris Caye Traffic Committee have just issued new rules and regulations for Public Parking for San Pedro and they are as follows:

Traffic Notice:
In keeping with the provisions of section 117 of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, and in keeping with the requirements of section 194 of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Regulations, the San Pedro Town Council herby publishes its intention to declare the following area exclusively as Public Parking and No Vending Area.

Public Parking:
*Public Parking shall be permitted all along Barrier Reef Drive from the boundary of Esmeralda Lane (Sun Breeze dead-end) to Milo’s dead-end, Parking be allowed only in the street side bearing the sidewalk.

*All along Angel Coral Street from the boundary of Caribeña Street to Buccaneer Street, Parking is allowed only on the street side bearing the sidewalk.

*All along Almond Street from the boundary of Tarpon Street to Black Coral Street, Parking is allowed only on the street side bearing the sidewalk.

*All along Seagrape Drive from the boundary of Blake Street to Victoria House’s southernmost boundary marker (end of cobblestone project), Parking is allowed only on the street side bearing the sidewalk.

*That Caribeña Street is a one way street, thus allowing traffic to flow from an easterly to westerly direction that is from Barrier Reef Drive into Pescador Drive.

*That Tarpon Street is a one way street, thus allowing traffic to flow from a westerly to easterly direction that is from the junction of Pescador Drive into Barrier Reef Drive.

In regards to the parking on Barrier Reef Drive from Esmeralda Lane to the Dead end at Milo’s (or entrance of the Phoenix Resort) the current rule of parking on the right hand side from the 1st – 15th of the month and parking on the left hand side from the 16th- end of month, is being disregarded and parking will only be allowed in the street side bearing the sidewalk.

The public is being given a grace period of a month as proper signs will also be placed on the streets. Traffic wardens will also have the task during this period to inform all motorists of these rules and regulations, so be sure to take these new rules and regulations into consideration to avoid and troubles with traffic wardens after the grace period.

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#414896 - 08/27/11 03:00 PM Re: New Public Parking Rules for San Pedro [Re: Marty]
bywarren Offline
The only good thing I can see about this is that you no longer have to look at the calander to see which side of the street you can park on. Much better for tourists who had trouble understanding those ridiculous signs attempting to define which side they could park on.
It still does not address the core issues of lack of infrastucture to handle the amount of people and in this case traffic on the island. There is not ample parking available for the amount of vehicles wishing to park at any given time.
This will relieve congestion and improve traffic flow. One prime example is the bottle neck at Marina's store. But the core issue is where are the people going to park who want to shop and cannot find a place to park?
This issue should not be limiting where you can park, but providing parking to accomodate the need.

#414897 - 08/27/11 03:08 PM Re: New Public Parking Rules for San Pedro [Re: Marty]
JZB Offline
The business that do not have a sidewalk in front will no longer have vehicles parking right in front of their door which is a great benefit to them.
If everyone parked with nose in to curb, there would be much more space to park also.

#414900 - 08/27/11 03:25 PM Re: New Public Parking Rules for San Pedro [Re: JZB]
bywarren Offline
It is a benefit to businesses not allowing, or not having space for vehicles to park, for customers that want to shop? confused
At least we don't have parking meters and meter maids, yet. eek

Edited by bywarren (08/27/11 03:33 PM)

#414902 - 08/27/11 03:36 PM Re: New Public Parking Rules for San Pedro [Re: Marty]
JZB Offline
Some stores have their doors right on the road so when someone parks in front of their store, their door is blocked. This lead to the Sandwhich board problem. The stores would put out a sandwich board infront of their store to help keep their doorway clear of parked vehicles, which is illegal.
Your customers having to walk the 15' from across the road is not going to prevent them from coming to your store.

#414905 - 08/27/11 03:54 PM Re: New Public Parking Rules for San Pedro [Re: JZB]
bywarren Offline
You miss the point. Not having a place to park keeps them from coming. There is not the parking available for the amount of vehicles wanting to park. Further resticting or eliminating the current available parking places only makes matters worse.
Granted, it improves traffic flow eliminating the bottle necks, like the one at Marina's I used as an example. But it does not address the core issue of having the available infrastucture for the amount of people needing it.

#414908 - 08/27/11 04:14 PM Re: New Public Parking Rules for San Pedro [Re: Marty]
JZB Offline
I understand you but this changes nothing on front street other than you don't have to move to the other side of the street for half the month. This changes nothing on middle street either. Cars didn't park on both sides of the street on middle street because there would be no through traffic because the road is so narrow.
I see very few places where this new rule will be an inconvenience to some.

#414909 - 08/27/11 04:15 PM Re: New Public Parking Rules for San Pedro [Re: Marty]
Inplub Offline
Will people not learn, in England, Towns stopped cars coming in and made bypass's roads around the Towns. Now shops are closing ever day as people are bypassing them and going else where. As there is NOWHERE to PARK.

#414911 - 08/27/11 04:18 PM Re: New Public Parking Rules for San Pedro [Re: Inplub]
bywarren Offline
A number of years ago I wrote an article to the newspaper when there was talk of having a moratorium on golf cart permits. I tilled the article “People Equal”. The number of golf carts licensed is not the problem. A golf cart is only problem when someone is using it.
It seems there is a disproportionate amount of effort and money spent to attract more people to the island as opposed to providing the facilities and infrastructure to support those people. Whether it be building more condos or creating more jobs necessitating more people coming to the island.
There is a finite number of people that the island can support based on the available infrastructure and quality of life provided to those living and vacationing on the island. Most cheer when they see statistics showing more people coming to Belize. That can be a negative if it reaches, or has not already reached, the point that too many people put too much of a strain on the available facilities and infrastructure.
When one looks at the inadequacies in police and fire protection, reliable power and water, roads and traffic, swage and garbage disposal, etc, etc, one could make the argument that the population has already exceeded the available services and infrastructure that many expect to provide the quality of life they desire.
Bring more and more people to the island is not going to be the answer to prosperity and having a “paradise” without devoting the resources needed to provide for those people.

#414912 - 08/27/11 04:21 PM Re: New Public Parking Rules for San Pedro [Re: Marty]
JZB Offline
I agree 100%. But that still doesn't mean that limiting parking to one side of street is a bad decision.

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