(ran Beach, South editions)
The Town Commission unanimously approved on first reading an emergency ordinance imposing fines to control parking at the Bath Club Concourse.
If the ordinance receives final approval this month, cars parking in the area for more than three hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be fined $15 for each hour that time is exceeded. The fines apply only on weekdays that are not legal holidays.
In addition, the ordinance would authorize the mayor to post signs further limiting parking in the area. The ordinance carefully points out that a car moved from one space to another would still be fined, based on total parking time.
The commission's action followed complaints by area businesses about construction workers parking all day in public spaces.
"An emergency situation exists in order to allow residents, visitors and tourists to park in order to use the facilities offered by the town and its beaches," the new ordinance states.
Commissioners indicated the ordinance may be revisited once construction is completed at the nearby Tides condominium complex.
In other action, the commission approved construction of a 6-foot wall to separate the new Tides complex from adjacent multifamily and commercial zones.