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May 13, 2015 10:08 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

As Memorial Day Approaches, Sag Harbor Village Makes Some Adjustments To Parking Regulations

The municipal parking lot on Washington Street in Sag Harbor will become a two-hour lot during daytime hours. ALYSSA MELILLO
May 13, 2015 10:41 AM

As Memorial Day approaches, Sag Harbor Village officials are looking for ways to alleviate parking problems.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Village Board adopted two laws that will impose time limits on parking in some municipal lots and on village streets.

Parking in the lots on Washington and Meadow streets will be limited to two hours between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and the lot on Bridge Street will become a three-hour lot between the same hours, from June 15 through September 15. Twenty-eight of the spots on the north side of the Bridge Street lot, though, will be designated for long-term or overnight use.

From September 16 to June 14, all of the Bridge Street lot will revert back to long-term or overnight parking.

The Washington Street lot will also remain a designated overnight lot during the hours when the two-hour limit is not in effect.

Additionally, three spots in the north portion of the Sag Harbor Village Police headquarters lot on Division Street will be designated for village employees, or anyone going into the Municipal Building, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The time limit on the lots comes after many residents and business owners complained to the Village Board about construction workers from the Bulova Watchcase project parking for long periods of time in the Washington Street lot, leaving no spaces for employees or patrons heading to Main Street. Nada Barry, founder of the Wharf Shop, was one of those residents. She told the board Tuesday night that a two-hour limit would not be helpful for business employees.

“Two hours? I don’t understand,” she said. “Where are our employees supposed to park? It’s a problem.”

Mayor Brian Gilbride said, however, that he thought the change would be good for now. “As the day goes on, [parking there] just gets more and more difficult,” he said of the lot on Washington Street. “There were also a fair amount of merchants on Washington Street that thought it would be of help.”

As for parking on streets, parking for more than 24 hours will be prohibited in any spot on West Water Street, and on Marine Park Drive. Additionally, parking and standing will not be permitted within 30 feet of any intersection, unless otherwise specified with signs, markings or parking meters.

All drivers in violation of the latter law will be subject to as much as a $350 towing fee.

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Sounds like the Corner Bar and Provisions will have a tough time getting deliveries, unless of course enforcement of the new laws is selective. You know like clearing snow from sidewalks...
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on May 15, 15 10:52 AM
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Sag Harbor has to provide parking for people who work in the village. Why not some kind of shuttle from either the high school or make the old dump a long term parking lot and run a shuttle like they have in East Hampton to town?
By Callie (30), Sag Harbor on May 20, 15 11:53 AM