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Parking Offenders in Bluffton to Be Ticketed

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BLUFFTON, S.C. -

The Bluffton street known for its shops, restaurants, and string of cars parked along the sidewalk, will soon issue parking tickets.

Business owner Margie Fox tells News Three she's all for the change. She says cars overtake areas not designated for parking.

"They're on the sidewalks, blocking sidewalks, blocking access," Fox says.

Some homeowners along the main drag post signs to deter parkers, reading "no parking," and "private driveway." Fox says those are indicators that the problem has gone on for too long.

"I mean how frustrating is it to come home from work, and there's an event or it's just a busy day and you just want to go home and take off your shoes, but you can't? You can't get in your driveway," she says.

Mayor Lisa Sulka says she hears the cries of these homeowners. Within a matter of weeks, areas like driveways, mailboxes, fire hydrants, and sidewalks will be striped with paint to indicate no parking.

"They will be issued a ticket if they're parked on a sidewalk, and where it is going to be clearly shown they're not supposed to park," says Sulka.

She says this is the first step of a process the town will take on, in order to make Calhoun St. safer.

"We need to find the funding to do a whole overhaul on Calhoun Street," Sulka says.

And Fox is pleased with the plan.

"Find a nice spot, get out, take a deep breath and look around," will be her mantra.

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