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Residents told to move commercial vehicles from driveways

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

“No parking” is the latest rule for owners of commercial vehicles in a Carolina Shores neighborhood.

Marcy Thompson, who lives in a rented home in The Farm at Brunswick, said residents of the Carolina Shores neighborhood have been given 30 days to get their commercial work vehicles out of their driveways and out of sight.

A notice regarding commercial vehicles being parked in the neighborhood was sent out Oct. 4 by Lucy Parker, community association manager, via an emailed “alert-cast.”

“Please note beginning November 4, any commercial vehicle parking on a street or thoroughfare will receive a violation notice; non-compliance will result in a hearing notice leading up to and including a fine,” the email reads. “Additionally any vehicle not classified as a passenger truck, passenger van, passenger car and station wagons parked in a driveway (except in the garage) will receive a violation notice; non-compliance will result in a hearing notice leading up to and including a fine.”

Parker’s email added, “The Board has decided to give 30 days notice to the residents so that arrangements can be made to find alternate parking arrangements.”

“I have no idea what they expect people to do,” said Thompson, who works for DirecTV. “Where are people supposed to park their vehicles?”

She said one of the reasons she and her family moved to The Farm was because she thought they could park their work vehicle there.

“It’s upsetting to a lot of people,” she said, adding they are working people who have jobs and provide the very services residents need for their own homes. She said many of the work vehicles that are driven won’t fit in their garages.

Electrician Brian Cribbet, another resident of The Farm who parks his Mister Sparky work van in his driveway, said he only learned of Parker’s alert by word of mouth.

He and his wife, Jamie, combed the pages oftheir lease, which they said provides no information about a prohibition on commercial vehicles in the community.

“We have no idea what to do,” Jamie Cribbet said. “The landlord never told us.”

Cribbet said his van won’t fit in his garage and he has valuable equipment in it that he uses for his job. He said if he can’t park his van at home, he would have to park it nearly 30 miles away at Mister Sparky headquarters in Conway, S.C., costing a considerable amount more time and gas.

“Why do you want to penalize someone who’s fortunate enough to have a vehicle to drive?” said Cribbet, who will be leaving The Farm soon and moving with his family to Indiana.

Parker, contacted last week at her Sunset Beach office for Benchmark Management Group, said the prohibition on commercial vehicles being parked in residential driveways in The Farm is outlined in the community’s covenants.

“It’s not that we’ve arrived at a different decision — it’s what’s in the covenants,” she said.

A copy of the community’s covenants, dating back to 2006, was provided this week to the Beacon by a representative with D.R. Horton, developer of The Farm at Brunswick.

A section of the document addressing “restricted activities” that are prohibited in The Farm at Brunswick include “Parking any vehicles on streets or thoroughfares within the community or parking of commercial vehicles or equipment, mobile homes, recreational vehicles, golf carts, boats and other watercraft, trailers, stored vehicles or inoperable vehicles in places other than enclosed garages; however, construction, service and delivery vehicles shall be exempt from this provision during daylight hours for such period of time as is reasonably necessary to provide service or to make a delivery to a lot or the common area.”

Another section of the document regarding parking and vehicle storage in the community states, “Only licensed and operative vehicles, classified as passenger cars, station wagons, passenger pick-up trucks or passenger vans, may be regularly parked in driveways. No vehicle will be permitted to park overnight on any roadway within the community.”

Parker said The Farm is still under declarant control.

 

Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at (910) 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.