Progress on Hollywood Beach Quagmire
|The cure for your Hollywood Beach parking woes is at Harrison and Ocean.|
For starters, Hollywood has finally seen fit to place a traffic cop at A1A's intersection with Garfield, the one-way street that is the only exit from a 350-car parking garage. Previously, traffic on that tiny street would inch along, forced to wait for drivers trying to take a left across the busy four lanes of Ocean Boulevard.
Also, the source reports a parking revelation: the garage at the Ramada Hollywood Beach, at Harrison and Ocean, is rarely full. So drivers unwilling to sit in traffic to park near the Garfield Street garage have another option.
In doing so, those visitors may leave themselves a long walk, which is all the more reason that our Hollywood Beach informant questions the city's unwillingness to make the HOT Express shuttle a permanent -- not seasonal -- feature. Currently, the shuttle goes east from downtown, but our source reasons that another route should go north and south along Ocean, so those who park at the Ramada can easily get to destinations that aren't a short stroll.
But this, apparently, is where the march of progress ends. The Ocean Boulevard shuttle idea has been dismissed as too costly -- this despite the Beach CRA's ongoing, expensive beautification project. "When they say 'funding,' to me that just sounds like it's not a priority," says the source. "Because they can afford to put 50 palm trees on every block."