Here’s the deal — Surfers in the Waikiki area of Honolulu are complaining that the local authorities are going to start charging for parking along the beach. Read about it here. I just loved their quote:
Melissa Ling-Ing said she has difficulty finding parking to go surfing
off the Ala Wai Boat Harbor, noting that a state proposal to add more
paid-parking stalls would further limit public access to the shoreline.
"It’s a real inconvenience," said Ling-Ing, spokeswoman for Common
Ground Hawaii. "We’re opposed to it because it will deny us beach
HUH? How does charging for parking deny them beach access. The money is going to maintain the harbor, but since the surfers ride the waves outside the harbor, they feel that they shouldn’t have to pay to park.
They are complaining that there’s not enough spaces for them to use, and they want more free parking, not less. The problem seems to be that non beach goers are using the spaces. Charging to park would stop that and give the surfers enough space to park.
How do people decide that there is a certain inalienable right to free parking. The spaces have to be paved, lighted, patrolled by the police and the rest. Should all that be free. I’m sure that the surfers have complained that there are too many potholes, or that there aren’t enough cops when you need them. But they shouldn’t have to pay for that.
It boggles the mind.