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Stamford residents fed up with out-of-state beachgoers parking in neighborhood

Stamford residents say out-of-state beachgoers are ruining their summer by parking in their neghborhood, and then walking to the beach for free.

News 12 Staff

Jul 16, 2020, 5:20 PM

Updated 1,434 days ago

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Stamford residents say out-of-state beachgoers are ruining their summer by parking in their neghborhood, and then walking to the beach for free.
Living on Rippowam Road in Stamford doesn't seem so bad when you consider how close you are to West Beach, but neighbors say their little slice of paradise has turned into a parking nightmare.
Kathy Garvey has been living near West Beach for 26 years, and she says she is fed up with the traffic during the summer.
She says there is no permit required to park on streets like Iroquois, Mohegan, and Rippowam roads, which are less than a 1/3 of a mile from the beach.
Resident Lisa Marino says she is even contemplating moving off Rippowam because she can't get in and out of her driveway.
"What used to be a 90 degree day invasion, is now every day whether it's nice out or not," Marino says.
Residents say out-of-state beachgoers, mostly from New York, are parking in their neighborhood and then walking to the beach.
Many residents on the affected streets neighboring Stamford's beaches want the city to require permits to park on the street.
However, some streets in the Cove area already require parking permits, and if you don't have one on your car, you'll be left with a hefty ticket.
Residents say a ticket for parking in between the no parking signs is less expensive than it costs get in to the beach for an out-of-state resident, so some people are just willing to risk it.
Stamford officials say there will be a public hearing on bringing permits to streets near West Beach later this month.


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