Vote nears on proposed parking ban on Sterling Street

Sterling Street Greenport Village

Greenport Village Board members could vote as soon as next month on a proposed parking ban on Sterling Street, according to Mayor David Nyce.

While the proposal has drawn a considerable amount of comment in the past, a discussion on issue came and went without a peep from officials or the public during Tuesday’s Village Board work session.

If approved, the law would prohibit motorists from parking on the waterfront side of Sterling Street, expanding a parking ban already in effect on the residential side of the street. That would eliminate just three more parking spaces, according to the board.

The change was suggested by village administrator Dave Abatelli, said Mr. Nyce. Mr. Abatelli believes cars parked along the waterfront where the road curves have caused unsafe conditions for southbound travelers.

During a public hearing on the issue last month village Trustee Dave Murray advised the board to wait to evaluate the traffic situation during the busy summer season.

Opponents of the ban argue that eliminating those parking spots would make it more difficult for them to access their boats docked at local marinas.

Another public hearing on the issue is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. at the Third Street fi re station.

Following that hearing the board could choose to vote on the ban during its next regular meeting in June, Mr. Nyce said.

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