- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Sullivans Island is considering parking restrictions after the neighboring town of the Isle of Palms approved some restrictions.

Multiple media outlets reported that Sullivans Island officials are considering limiting parking to only one side of neighborhood streets.

The Isle of Palms recently approved plans to restrict visitor parking in residential areas from mid-May to mid-September.

Sullivans Island Public Safety Committee Chairman Chauncey Clark says the restrictions by the Isle of Palms could send hundreds of more visitors to Sullivans Island.

The Sullivans Island Town Council is expected to consider restrictions at its meeting Monday.

Fire Chief Anthony Stith says the restrictions would make it easier for the new ladder truck to get by on narrow streets.

The council will also consider an ordinance to require that parked vehicles have all tires off the road, which will also help keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.

Town officials have estimated that roads on Sullivans Island can accommodate about 5,000 parked vehicles. Parking on only one side of the street would still leave about 2,500 spaces, town administrator Andy Benke said.

A consultant for the town said that on a peak Saturday during the beach season, there were nearly 1,600 cars parked on the island.

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