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Riverhead eyes extension of three-hour parking limit to midnight

The three-hour limit on parking in the Peconic Riverfront municipal lot will be extended from 6 p.m. to midnight weekdays if a proposed code amendment becomes law.

The three-hour restriction applies to 60 parking spaces directly behind the buildings in the lot on the west end of the riverfront. Currently it is in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. No restrictions apply on weekends.

The proposal was made by the parking district advisory committee, which hopes that extending the three-hour limit to midnight will help guarantee turnover in the parking spaces Main Street restaurants want available for their patrons. With the time limit now lifted at 6 p.m., the coveted spots are available to tenants in the nearby Summerwind building who park there overnight.

Main Street restaurateurs and other business owners have lodged complaints about the lack of adequate parking and expressed concerns that the construction of more apartments along Main Street will make the situation worse.

The town board at its upcoming regular meeting Tuesday is expected to set an April 18 hearing on the proposed code change.

The board today also agreed to act on resolutions:

  • setting April 29 as the annual Riverhead Litter Awareness and Spring Clean Up Day.
  • to waive the 30-day notice for a liquor license application being made by Splish-Splash Water Park;
  • granting a special event permit to Long Island Moose Classic Car Club for a car show May 6 at Splish-Splash to benefit the Wounded Warriors of Long Island;
  • granting a special event permit to the Riverhead High School 5K Run to Remember on Sunday, May 21.

With reporting by Jessie Smith

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