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Morro Bay Planning Commission to discuss potential parking improvements

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The City of Morro Bay's Planning Commission will meet Tuesday to discuss parking improvements.

According to Community Development Director Scot Graham, the city doesn't have a problem when it comes to having enough of parking. However, according to a staff report, the council directed staff to look into ways that would improve the "overall parking and business atmosphere."

Back in 2007, the city adopted the Parking Management Plan and since then, there hasn't been much change. Now, the City Council wants to look into ways parking could be improved along the Embarcadero and downtown areas.

Potential improvements that are being considered include:

  • Implanting angled parking
  • Commercial loading zones for the Embarcadero
  • Researching paid parking opportunities

Locals and business owners KSBY spoke with are indifferent about whether parking is a problem.

Mellisa Bamberger, who manages Dolphin Shirt Company, says during the winter and fall months, it's not an issue. Once the weather heats up, that's when it gets congested.

"During the summer, we often, all the employees often have to park at the top of the hill, which isn't too better walking down.," Bamberger said.

Taking a look outside on Monday, there were open spots all along the curb in front of the Embarcadero.

“During the slow season right now, there's parking available all the time,” Bamberger said.

Yvonne Lazear, a Morro Bay resident, agrees. However, one thing she doesn't want to see is a parking fee.

"I would never want to charge,” Lazear said.

Bamberger, who has worked in the seaside city for more than a decade, says free parking is what sets Morro Bay apart.

“I think that Morro Bay is unique, in that if you go to Avila or Pismo or anywhere else you have to pay for parking,” Bamberger said.

While many locals don't necessarily want to see paid parking right now, Mohamad Hammad, who works at Grape Leaf Deli downtown, does want to see current parking rules enforced.

"Some people just park the whole day in the same area," Hammad said.

He's talking about signage that indicates there's a limit on the amount of time a person can park.

According to Graham, there are two enforcement officers in the city and they're part-time. Even Bamberger says the green curbs have caused the most confusion because some areas are left without signage.

"So my thing would just be to make it more understandable about where you are allowed to park in regards to that green curb," Bamberger said.

The planning commission will hold its meeting to discuss these potential parking improvements on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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