The Cambrian

Complaints about trail access drives new parking ban on section of Moonstone

There’s now no parking allowed along the south end of Moonstone Beach Drive, including in an often-used small pullout near the end of the boardwalk. Deer crossing the road by the El Colibri Hotel, however, pay no mind to the new signs.
There’s now no parking allowed along the south end of Moonstone Beach Drive, including in an often-used small pullout near the end of the boardwalk. Deer crossing the road by the El Colibri Hotel, however, pay no mind to the new signs. CAMBRIAN PHOTO BY BERT ETLING

N ew parking restriction signs have gone up on two short stretches of Cambria roads.

A “no parking” ban is now in effect on the south side of the southernmost end of Moonstone Beach Drive near the El Colibri Hotel, where parked cars had been forcing walkers close to traffic lanes. No parking was already the rule on the north side of the road, closer to Highway 1.

The new ban is in effect for a 535-foot-long stretch starting at the intersection with Windsor Boulevard.

“We have received several complaints about the cars parking there blocking the trail, or being partially in the travel way,” according Ryan Chapman, a county traffic engineer. “I looked at other solutions to try and preserve parking at this location, but the available space did not allow for it.”

A new “loading zone” means only trucks making deliveries and pickups will be allowed from 7 to 10 a.m. seven days a week beside Bob & Jan’s Bottle Shop on the west side of Bridge Street just south of Main Street.

The zone is intended to allow trucks to park at the curb instead of double- parking in the middle of the street, sometimes blocking access to the post office on the other side of the street.

County supervisors approved the new restrictions March 16. Both actions were based on recent recommendations from the North Coast Advisory Council and its Traffic Committee. —Kathe Tanner

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