OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Under the police chief ’s recommendation, the town is considering eliminating parking on Seaside Avenue from Winona to Union avenues.

Police Chief Dana Kelley has voiced his concerns regarding traffic congestion and pedestrian safety in this area, according to written Town Council commentary. The street is very narrow, with no sidewalks, and pedestrians walking alongside parked cars are in jeopardy of being struck by traffic, according to written commentary.

Residents and property owners from the area spoke out Tuesday night at a public hearing, as did the town’s fire chief.

Homeowner Steve Larue said he agreed with the proposed parking ban.

“The big concern is safety,” he said.

Home owner David Walker said if the town moves forward on the proposed parking ban on Seaside Avenue, people will seek parking on other narrow streets. He asked the council to “respectfully consider” the proposal and allow parking on one side of Seaside Avenue in the area the council is proposing restrictions.

Fire Chief Ricky Plummer asked the council to consider fire trucks, which have a difficult time traveling on narrow streets.

The Town Council will vote whether to approve the parking ban at an upcoming meeting.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]

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