Posted on 30 January 2014 by LeslieM

RE: North Pavilion

Dear Editor:

I am writing concerning the disappointing new change to the sticker parking locations.

My family frequents the beach 4-5 times a week. We park at the pavilion lot north of the pier using our Deerfield Beach parking sticker because it is a short way to walk when my three kids are carrying their surf board and beach items. Furthermore, there is a restroom, showers and cover if a storm decides to roll in.

One of the perks of being a local is being able to park at this most convenient parking lot using our annual sticker. However, because the beach is so crowded with tourists and people from other cities who come to visit our beautiful beach, it is practically impossible anymore to find a spot there without waiting for someone to leave.

But to make matters worse, now the city has decided to take that little local perk away from us and change this lot from a sticker/meter lot to a meter only lot.

Because of this change, I, a Deerfield resident, can’t even park there unless I am willing to pay the $20 it would take to cover our beach time for the afternoon.

Furthermore, Deerfield has made the rule that there is no surfing on the south end of the beach.

You have limited the surf area to the north side of the pier. So the only group of people who have limitations are the ones you make walk the furthest?

I can assure you, many of the local surfers have stickers and this makes no sense.

Please reinstate the pavilion as one of the sticker parking lots. We are losing so much. What a shame to lose this too, the one little perk we have left.

Yes, a city runs on money.The city will get its money from all the meters at the beach. But a city also runs on its people. Happy people, happy city. Trying to squeeze more money out of its residents is just causing dissension and, frankly, is unnecessary.

This may be a small, petty thing to you, but I can assure you, it is VERY important to those of us who call that lot our home.

Carrie Patten

Deerfield Beach

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