After months of debate on how to improve parking along Bittersweet Road in Horseshoe Bend, the Camden County Commission has approved revisions to the parking ordinance pending signatures from commissioners.
As previously reported, several years ago the county instituted a no parking policy on Bittersweet Road near H. Toad's and Shady Gators to put a stop to cars lining the roadway in the residential area. After passing the ordinance the county installed no parking signs. The problem now is the signs are disappearing making it impossible to enforce the ordinance.
Complaints from residents in the area increased over the summer as the popularity of Camden on the Lake and Shady Gators increased.
The parking debacle sparked a head-to-head battle between the commission and the owner of Shady Gators. Gary Prewitt, Shady Gators owner, claimed that the enforcement of county parking regulations has been spotty or non-existant.
The new ordinance is more thorough and hopes to bring resolution to this ongoing problem.
The Camden County Commission is settling an ordinance of provisions and revisions for parking vehicles on roads and streets within Camden County.
Under the new ordinance, stopping, standing or parking is prohibited, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance of law, law enforcement agencies, and traffic control devices.
Stopping, standing or parking is prohibited:
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;
On a sidewalk or between the curb line of the street and sidewalk;
Within an intersection;
On a crosswalk;
Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone;
Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic.
Upon any bridge or elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;
On any railroad tracks;
At any place where official signs prohibit stopping or parking; or
On the traveled portion of a street or roadway.
Under the ordinance, persons are prohibited to stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily, to pick up or discharge a passenger(s):
In front of a public or private driveway;
Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant;
Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign or traffic control signal
located at the side of the roadway;
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the entrance to any fire station within 75 feet of said entrance, when properly signposted; or
At any place where official signs prohibit standing or parking.
In addition, persons are prohibited to stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except
temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or
Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing; or
At any place where official sins prohibit parking.