With street names like Anchorage and ship’s wheels on the welcome signs, it’s clear North Palm Beach is a nautical community.
That can come with its challenges, such as where to keep one’s boat without access to a private marina and full public storage at Anchorage Park. About 120 residents packed a village workshop Wednesday night about the rules for storing boats and recreational vehicles on residential property.
The majority of the residents who spoke said they favored relaxing the rules, which officials temporarily stopped enforcing in August so they could revisit them.
Boaters and campers said they find a restriction limiting the size of the vehicles to no more than 10 feet high and 30 feet long particularly onerous. It doesn’t take into account that boats and RVs are larger today than they were in 1972 when the rule was made, they said.
Vice Mayor David Norris said that doesn’t strike him as a compelling reason to relax that part of the village’s code, because that doesn’t mean people should be allowed to store vehicles of that size alongside their houses. He said he was interested in having some flexibility in the code, because not all lots are equal.
Village councilmen gave their input but did not vote on any changes to the code. That will happen after the changes are drafted and officials and residents have a chance to review them. North Palm Beach Manager Jim Kelly said the village is looking at all of its codes to bring them up-to-date if they’re not and keep them consistent.
“The bottom line is most people want to be told what the rules are, and they want them to be enforced fairly and equitably,” he said.
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