Scarborough may limit parking near beach entrance

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SCARBOROUGH — A public hearing will be held to get input on a recommendation to eliminate parking within 50 feet of the entrance to Scarborough Beach during the winter. 

The Scarborough Police Department recommended the change to Councilor Jean-Marie Caterina, who said she had received emails from constituents concerned about cars parking near the entrance of the beach at 418 Black Point Road. 

There was no public comment during the June 6 council meeting, but councilors set a public hearing for their next meeting on Wednesday, June 20, when the Police Department will answer questions. 

The main concern is that parked cars block the entrance during the winter months, when people assume the beach is not open. 

Parking on both sides of Black Point Road is restricted from May 1 to Sept. 15. If the ordinance amendment is adopted, parking would be shortened by about three car lengths, or approximately 50 feet, on each side of the entrance during the 0ff-season. 

Councilor Peter Hayes, who frequently walks his dogs in the area, said he has not heard any complaints from constituents. Hayes also said concerns aired to one councilor should be shared with the entire council so the panel is aware of issues in town.