Hampton officials are still in the process of evaluating whether it will be possible to add nearly two dozen scooter and moped spaces to the North Beach parking lot — an idea that has exposed a potential problem with signage on two dozen other spaces at the northern Hampton beach.
Resident Greg Serpis appeared before the Hampton Board of Selectmen earlier this month to request that 21 scooter or moped spaces be added to "no parking" areas in the lot near Bicentennial Park at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and High Street.
Town Administrative Assistant Kristina Ostman said the work to find the answer is "still in progress," as the suggestion needs approval by the Hampton Police and Hampton Public Works departments for safety reasons.
Ostman said she is also "still searching" to determine "exactly what is the use of the [existing] parking spaces" in that lot, as Town Manager Fred Welch said during an Aug. 13 public meeting that the spaces are supposed to reserved for Hampton residents.
"Any resident who has tried to find a spot on a sunny day knows this just isn't the case," Serpis recently told Hampton-North Hampton Patch.
Issues with illegal parking and poor signage on reserved parking spaces were recently addressed at Hampton Beach and North Hampton State Beach, and Serpis' proposal has prompted Hampton to investigate the signage in the North Beach lot.
Ostman said she will continue to go through old Hampton Board of Selectmen minutes to find the official motion designating the purpose of that lot.
Serpis said he is optimistic the moped spaces will be created — particularly because the board of selectmen as a whole was amenable to the idea on Aug. 13 — and he said he sees his seemingly small parking request as having positive ramifications for all local residents.
"The great news here is Hampton residents could potentially pick up a total of 25 new regular parking spaces and 21 new scooter/mopeds spaces at North Beach," said Serpis, who said the area he has proposed for the moped parking is "too small for cars" but "perfect" for scooters and similar vehicles.