Sunset Boulevard parking rules

Overhead view of Sunset Boulevard in the Cove. Red lines indicate no parking areas.

The city approved a measure to limit parking on parts of Sunset Boulevard.

In a move aimed to protect dog-walkers, bicyclists and pedestrians, the Seaside Transportation Advisory Commission recommended a parking reduction on the west side between 3000 and 3182 Sunset Blvd., an area affecting 11 homes and the Lanai Condominiums.

When vehicles are parked along the curb it reduces the driving lane to less than 8 feet wide, forcing drivers into the oncoming lane to go around parked cars.

Neighbors showed support for the change in an Oct. 12 public hearing and in letters to the council, which had continued the public hearing through last Monday night’s City Council meeting.

“There has been an occasion or several occasions in the past when cars have been parked along this west side curb making visibility extremely hampered when we have needed to pull out of our driveway,” wrote resident Jan Knickerbocker. “On a couple occasions during a big event in town such as Fourth of July, cars have even blocked the entrance to our driveway.”

The Transportation Advisory Commission recommended the public works director stripe, sign and paint curbs to eliminate parking along this section of roadway.

Mayor Jay Barber and councilors Tita Montero, Randy Frank, Steve Wright and Tom Horning voted for the parking change. Dana Phillips and Seth Morrisey were absent.

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