North Beach Seaweed
I enjoyed the article about the seaweed problem on North Beach in the most recent issue of the Clearwater Gazette. The seaweed is ugly. It makes Clearwater Beach look unappealing to say the least.
I understand that there are no parking meters on North Beach primarily because it is a residential area. There is still plenty of non-residential parking on North Beach. It is my understanding that there is no parking allowed on either side of the street (based on the posted "No Parking" signs).
When I recently moved into my new home on Eldorado Avenue, I was told by the Clearwater Police to move my U-Haul truck, which was parked right in front of my home, or it would be ticketed for illegal parking. They stated that they were concerned for safety and access during an emergency. The Clearwater Police were very polite and professional and they were only doing their job, but it is the Parking Enforcement Department I am questioning.
Just take a ride up Eldorado Avenue on any given day and you can see up to 15 cars parked illegally. If these cars were ticketed for their illegal parking (15 x $20 = $300/day x 365 = $ 109,500/year), I am confident that the Parks and Recreation Department would have plenty of revenue to clean up the seaweed and much more!
- Vincent M. Rosiek
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