Residents, businesses brace for new parking rules in New Smyrna

Residents, businesses brace for new parking rules in New Smyrna Beach

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

At Janie's Indian River Bazaar on Flagler Ave in New Smyrna Beach, store owner Janie Panasis says her customers typically have one complaint.
 
"It is a problem, where to park," Panasis said.
 
Within the next few months parking enforcement rules will change a long Flagler avenue in New Smyrna Beach extending parking limit hours from two hours to four hours.
 
"You could park for four hours at no charge, but if you pass the four hours then you'd be ticketed the 20 dollars," said New Smyrna Beach Assist. City Manager Khalid Resheidat.
 
Before, the time limits weren't really enforced,
 
"That's a good thing to expand it to longer term parking so they can go to lunch and then shop and not worry about rushing back to move their car," Resheidat said.
 
Come this fall, residents and visitors will also have to pay to park in the city's  four beach side lots, like the one on Flagler Ave, $5 per day, and $10 dollars a year for residents.
 
"They're definitely unhappy about paying to park," Panasis said.
 
Meanwhile along the North Causeway the Department of Transportation just put up "no parking" signs  where trailers and cars used to park on weekends when the boat ramp lot gets full.
 
"We'll be doing a warning period from now until almost until probably the Easter weekend, and then an alternate to use another site that we just built north of US 1 across from the airport," Resheidat said.
 
As the gateway to New Smyrna Beach, city officials say they're trying to protect the north causeway improvements funded by a $1 million Department of Transportation grant.
 
Commissioners have also authorized forming a citizen task force to analyze parking any other issues in the area.

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