Overnight Parking Ban Instituted
Overnight parking outside two mobile home parks on Old Newport Boulevard was restricted last week in response to complaints from merchants and residents who said people were sleeping in their cars.
The City Council banned parking between 15th and 17th streets from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Residents of the El Nido and Snug Harbor trailer parks who obtain permits may still park overnight. Passes will be available for guests of park residents.
City Council members reviewed the matter in April after complaints about parking were made by the Chamber of Commerce and merchants. Mobile home park residents also complained.
Beverly Selby, co-owner of His and Hers Fly Fishing at Old Newport Boulevard and 17th Street, is irritated by motor homes on the street and vagrants who live in their cars.
Selby said she witnessed people sleeping in cars and urinating in public.
“The customers don’t like that near your store,” she said. “They park there and nobody else has a place to park. It’s just a mess.”
The Transportation Services Division at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, will issue the permits.