Virginia Beach, Va. – The City of Virginia Beach is trying to make the Oceanfront safer, and hotels say the solution is simple — cut off municipal parking lots earlier in the night.
“It might still help cutting some of the crazy stuff that’s going on around here,” says Christopher Gray
The Resort Advisory Commission will monitor all the city lots for the rest of the month.
It wants to know how many cars are coming and going late at night, and how much money the city would lose if lots close earlier.
Private lots wouldn’t be forced to change.
“In that case it’s not going to help any. If it’s not for all the lots then it’s not really going to help, the same people that’s causing the problems will still come and do what they usually do,” says Rickey Hannon
All of the Oceanfront lots, whether they are privately or publicly owned, tow cars at 3:00 a.m.
While the Oceanfront isn’t immune to its share of problems, people we talked to don’t see any need for sweeping changes.
“I think it’s been isolated incidents here and there cause it’s beautiful here, you can’t punish everybody because for the mistakes of a few people,”
The Resort Advisory Commission will collect data for the next two weekends and make its recommendation to City Council.
Any changes won’t be implemented until Spring.