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New rules restrict public parking at marina during peak times

New parking rules for the Erie Basin Marina limit public parking to two hours during peak times from mid-May through Mid-September.

Under rules designed by the city’s Public Works Department and presented to the Common Council, the two-hour limit will be enforced during the four-month period on the following days and times:

• 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

•10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

• 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

• 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.

Under the plan, public parking will be unrestricted at other times when the marina is open. The new rules cover the 257 public parking spaces at the marina. The remaining 157 slots are for boat slip holders only.

Slip holders with required parking tags are exempt from the new rules when using the slip holders’ parking spaces. Marina and Hatch restaurant employees also are exempt from the new rules.

Public Works Commissioner Steven J. Stepniak said the city is in the process of obtaining ticketing machines that will be installed at the marina to help implement the plan. The machines will issue time-stamped tickets to motorists as they enter the marina. Motorists will be instructed to display the tickets on their dashboards. City parking enforcement officers and some marina employees will be authorized to ticket vehicles found to be parked for more than two hours.

Until the machines are obtained and installed, Stepniak said, the city will monitor the parking situation at the marina to ensure it doesn’t get out of control.

The new parking system was devised as an alternative to a $5 special events parking fee being charged at the marina for a short time. The fee was designed to discourage people from parking in the marina when attending events at nearby Canalside. While marina operators said the fee was effective, city residents objected to paying to park in a city park and marina. The lawmakers agreed and sought an alternative way to control parking at the marina lots without charging a fee.

email: sschulman@buffnews.com