The Cape Elizabeth Town Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing next week on a proposal to limit parking on Surf Road to one side of the street.

The council is responding to a petition from residents of Surf Road asking for better protection of their quiet, compact neighborhood, particularly when special events are being held at the adjacent Fort Williams Park.

The hearing is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 13, at Town Hall. Parking on Surf Road north of Keyes Lane is already prohibited, according to the town’s traffic ordinance.

Police Chief Neil Williams recommended limiting parking to one side of Surf Road following receipt of two different petitions from homeowners there. One petition asked for a complete ban on non-resident parking, while the other suggested the compromise of limiting parking to one side of the street only.

Councilors briefly considered the parking issue last month and at that time indicated they preferred allowing parking on one side of the street to a complete ban, which both Williams and Town Manager Mike McGovern felt could lead to a variety of administrative headaches.

In addition to events at Fort Williams Park, the rising popularity of Casino Beach also means that a growing number of people are parking on Surf Road, especially in the summer, the council was told last month. That’s the case even though the beach is technically restricted to neighborhood residents who have deeded rights.

Residents of Surf Road in Cape Elizabeth are asking the town to limit on-street parking to one side of the road. A public hearing on the issue will be held on June 13.


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