The EYC has only three parking spaces. The EYC has more than 300 members. As a result, in 2009 the EYC instituted a parking policy. Members are asked to read and follow the Parking Policy, located on the EYC website at www.eyc.org/member-info
Parking Policy Q and A:
Q: Why does the EYC need to have a parking policy?
A: Because with only three parking spaces and 300-plus members, the number of cars arriving and seeking to park at the EYC at certain times can be very high. This causes issues of safety and fairness to fellow members. In addition, when EYC members occupy or block the private parking spaces of Ephraim Yacht Harbor slip holders, that could damage the EYC’s good relationship with its neighbor, the EYH.
Q: What are the safety issues?
A: The following practices, now prohibited, are hazardous, especially with so many EYC juniors running around: stopping on the shoulder of Hwy. 42 to drop off or pick up passengers; stopping behind EYC or EYH parking spots to drop off or pick up passengers; driving down the EYC’s driveway to the lower level.
Q: What are the fairness issues?
A: Among other things, when you double-park behind a vehicle parked in an EYC space, you block that person in.
Q: Can’t I double-park behind someone if I know that person and if I remain available to move my car when asked?
A: No, because then others will think double-parking is OK and will double-park behind people they don’t even know. Also, by double-parking, you are so close to Hwy. 42 traffic that your vehicle constitutes a safety hazard.
Q: Why is it the EYC’s business if I park in, or block, a private parking space belonging to an Ephraim Yacht Harbor slip holder?
A: The EYC wants to maintain its good relationship with the EYH. The EYH helps out the EYC in a lot of ways, including by providing water, the ability to temporarily tie to the EYH pier, the use of EYH driveway to access the EYC pier, and more. EYH slip holders pay a lot of money to rent their parking spaces and they should be able to use those spaces without having to wait for an EYC member to get out of the way.
Q: But I am only blocking a private EYH space for a minute or two.
A: That space — and the entire EYH parking lot — is PRIVATE PROPERTY. And Murphy’s Law says that the owner will show up expecting to park there during the minute or two you are parked there.
Q: Doesn’t the EYC really have four parking spaces?
A: The fourth space is marked only for very short term loading and unloading of persons and gear. Please unload quickly, then promptly move your vehicle to make room for the next EYC member.
Q: Can’t I park on the grass just north of the EYC’s parking lot? People have been doing that for years.
A: No. If we wanted that to be a parking spot, we would have paved it.
Q: Please, can’t I park on the grass just for a minute?
A: No. By parking on the grass, you block the handicapped / senior entrance to the clubhouse. You also kill the beautiful green grass, which the EYC’s volunteer Clubhouse Chairman has labored mightily to grow. You also block the view of persons backing out of the EYC’s three parking spaces.
Q: Well, where should I park, then?
A: Members are encouraged to leave the EYC’s three parking spaces for our more senior members. Members are invited to park at the public parking lot on the corner of Spruce Street and Hwy. 42, just a short, healthy, 100-yard walk from the EYC. Also, you can park at Anderson’s Dock, just a block north of the EYC.
Q: Those are too far away to be convenient.
A: It’s good for you to walk a little every day. President Obama says so.
Q: Are there exceptions to the parking rules?
A: There are a very few limited exceptions, including for dropping off handicapped persons. See the Parking Policy at www.eyc.org/member-info for details.