“Whatever we can do to get the boats off the street…I mean, some of these people are storing them in town all winter” – Vice Mayor Chris Bannon.
While winter parking may not be an issue, the amount of space taken up by boat trailers in the peak season is causing concern for Town Council. Vice Mayor Chris Bannon has on several occasions voiced concern about people using the town streets as free parking for boats that almost never see the water. Council has been fielding increasing numbers of complaints regarding boats and RVs parked on the street for extended periods of time.
A resident told the Mirror, “I can’t even park in front of my house any more. There are three large boats parked right in front, and they never move…they are taking up several hundred feet of parking.”
In the past, the town had an ordinance that limited boat parking in town, however since the roads are VDOT’s purview, council voted to rescind it several years ago.
At the last Town Council Regular meeting, Vice Mayor Bannon instructed staff to once again investigate an ordinance that will get the boats off the street once and for all.
Most cities require boats to be stored off-street and to be sight screened, meaning parked to the side of or behind a residence. Some allow temporary on-street parking of a short duration for cleaning and unloading. In Virginia Beach, no recreational equipment (boats or RVs) shall be in any public street or public right-of-way for more than three hours. They must be parked off the street and covered, preferably in a shed or garage.