Permit parking on bay side of Island met with mixed reviews

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Parking permit signs on the bay side of the Island.


Residents on West Gardenia Street on South Padre Island were startled this past Saturday to see city workers installing “No Parking without a Permit” signs on their quiet dead end street. The ordinance implementing the signs was passed in May of 2014, and the city of SPI has installed the signs on streets located in the “E-district” of the Island, from Morningside to West Acapulco Street. Many bayside residents were unaware of the passing of the ordinance, and reactions have been mixed to the implementation of the permit-only parking policy.

Until now, permit-only parking has been limited to the Gulf side of the Island. Due to the shortage of available public parking for tourists and visitors near the beach, especially during the peak summer months, many Gulfside residents experienced difficulties, with their driveways being blocked by parking overflow or their landscaping damaged by careless drivers.  According to City Manager William DiLibero, “We’ve had a number of complaints requesting them on the bayside due to people blocking driveways or launching their kayaks at the end of the streets.” He went on to say that the City wanted to get the signs in place before Spring Break to avoid any further problems.  DiLibero provided a copy of the ordinance, which was passed by the City Council on May 21, 2014. Ordinance 14-08 amended Chapter 18 of the Code of Ordinances and prohibits parking on designated streets unless the vehicle displays a hurricane return sticker.

When asked if residents in that “E” districts’ visitors or guests would still be able to park on the easement in front of their homes, he replied, “I really don’t know how that’s going to be handled.” After examining the ordinance DiLibero provided, there are exceptions for delivery and service vehicles, but residents will no longer be allowed to have visitors park in front of their property without fear of receiving a parking violation. Residents may obtain visitor permits for a specified date for gatherings at private homes at City Hall in advance.

DiLibero added that businesses have the option of purchasing the easement in front of their property, but they have to go before the City Council to get approval. He finished by stating, “If residents on a specific street all sign a petition saying they don’t want the signs on their particular street, the City will remove them.”

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    • M on January 21, 2021 at 7:53 am
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    Illegal no parking signs put up on 110 west dolphin Spi
    Can you do a article on this ? The homeowner has placed no parking signs in the public right of way. The homeowners grandchildren inform people not to park in this area and have called the police on legal parked vehicles. The police have been called out on this matter. And have informed the homeowner that the signs are NOT allowed and that public parking is allowed. The tow truck company that also placed signs in the area indicates you will be towed from a public ROW. Paradise towing threatened to tow vehicles parked in this area knowing paradise towing is in violation of state and city laws. Including a state law that states NO owner of a towing company has ever been convicted of a felony. You can look it up on the state website and the names on paradise towing records filed with the state of Texas. Furthermore the address listed for paradise towing on the states website is not the address shown and the number of trucks paradise towing indicates that they only have one tow truck. And that the names on the tow trucks have to be displayed on the trucks. When you finally find there towing yard you can see that they have more than one tow truck and some with no identification at all.

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