Millsboro police issue warnings for Plantation Lakes parking woes

For now, Millsboro police will issue only warnings to residents of Plantation Lakes who live on streets dedicated to the town, even if they park illegally.

“We enforce Delaware law. We need to go in and establish all the no-parking zones and incorporate them into our code,” Police Chief Brian Calloway told the Millsboro Town Council at their Monday, Feb. 3, meeting.

On Jan. 10, the chief and another patrol sergeant issued 11 traffic warnings. As yet, no one has received a ticket and no tickets will be written until permitted parking areas are determined.

Calloway talked to representatives of the Plantation Lakes homeowners’ association and told them it’s illegal to park on the sidewalks. He showed photographs to town council members of cars in driveways with part of the car over the sidewalk, blocking passersby and breaking Americans with Disabilities Act specifications.

The Town has accepted several streets from Plantation Lakes, including Brunswick Lane, Asheville Drive, Charlotte Boulevard, Enfield Drive, Bladen Drive, Gaston Drive, Albermarle Lane, Pine Top Drive, Whitaker Way and Overman Way.

There are several areas in Plantation Lakes designated as no-parking areas, but they are unenforceable, Calloway said, adding that signage there is confusing.

“How did we get these signs here? From what I understand, they were posted by Lennar,” he said, referring to the company Lennar Homes, which developed Plantation Lakes.

According to data from Delaware Crime View, there have been 24 crashes or incidents in five years in Plantation Lakes. They involved improper backing, vehicles damaged while parked on the street, drivers hitting fixed objects, such a light pole or curb, and following too closely.

“It’s starting to grow. Thursday seems to be a big crash day,” Calloway said.

He showed a six-minute video taken from a police car dashboard camera on a recent Thursday evening as the officer drove through Plantation Lakes. The video showed cars parked on streets facing the wrong direction and cars parked on each side of the street, across from each other, making it impossible for an ambulance to fit between them. Councilmen John Thoroughgood and Larry Gum both said firetrucks would have difficulty getting down the road.

 

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter