Crackdown on parking limits catches out beach users
THE enforcement of two-hour parking restrictions that have long been ignored at Alex Headland is raising the ire of locals and visitors, says Alex Surf Club general manager Ashley Robinson.
He wants to see the two-hour limit that was placed on car parking spaces near the surf club increased.
"I guess my question is: who goes to the beach for two hours?" he said. "And it's four hours at Mooloolaba so why's it two hours here?"
Mr Robinson said he was considering starting a valet system to park surf club customers' cars for them.
Alex Surf Club owns a block of on nearby Mari St, off Alexandra Pde, that has long been the unofficial overflow carpark of the surf club.
"I'm thinking maybe on a Thursday, I might do valet parking out the front.
"Like George Costanza on Seinfeld - wait for people out the front and park their car out at Mari St and bring it back when they're ready to go home."
The two-hour limits are not new, with parking signs installed when the Sunshine Coast Council recreated the streetscape a few years back.
But recently enforcement has increased, he said, with parking inspectors catching people out on weekdays and weekends.
"People have been getting tickets," Mr Robinson said.
"When I initially inquired when they changed it, I was told by a previous councillor that it'd never be ... enforced.
"Well they're enforcing it now. They're out here all the time...through the weekend.
"Initially they put warning ones on. We had a carnival and they put tickets on everyone - no cost, but just 'this is what could happen'.
"But since then, they've been fining people. Like little old ladies coming to bingo, and stuff like that."
He said the council "has done a great job and is doing a great job" but he doesn't understand why the parking limit is just two hours when other beachside hubs such as Mooloolaba allow longer.
"Even people who go out for lunch go out for more than two hours normally," he said.