The temporary parklets, OEPs*, and OAPs* were established to help the restaurants, bars, and a fitness gym survive during the pandemic when indoor dining and activity was not an option. It has been two years, and not one restaurant on 2nd Street has closed down because of the pandemic.
The negative impact to parking, traffic and public safety, accessibility, and ADA compliance is severe in our quaint community.
Belmont Shore has 37% of the city's parklets, despite less than 2% of the city's population. Parklets do not belong in a population-dense neighborhood on a busy thoroughfare. Parklets do not belong in Belmont Shore.
*OEP = Occasional Event Permit; OAP = Occasional Activity Permit