Main Street Bay Shore Parking Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Why are parking meters being installed in downtown Bay Shore?
The meters are being installed to open up parking spaces along Main Street and promote parking space turnover. This is a proven parking space management strategy and is also the reason why parking meters are found in so many active and successful downtowns.

What about people who say the meters will hurt downtown business?
There is no evidence to support such claims. In fact, the opposite is often the case. After Patchogue installed its parking meters in January of 2014, their downtown business district continued to prosper and grow.

When will the meters go into effect?
The parking meter program will take effect on November 1, 2016.

What days and hours will metered parking be in effect?
Meters will be in effect Monday through Saturday between 9AM to 12 Midnight and on Sundays between 1PM and 12 Midnight.

Exactly what areas of downtown Bay Shore will be metered?
The metered parking zones will be limited to on-street parking spaces only as indicated below:

  • Main Street – north side between Fifth Avenue and First Avenue
  • Main Street – south side between Ocean Avenue and Gibson Street
  • Ocean Avenue – east side between Main Street and Gibson Street
  • S. Park Avenue - both sides between Main Street and Gibson Street
  • Maple Avenue - west side between Main Street and Gibson Street
  • Gibson Street – south side between Maple Avenue and Shore Lane
  • Smith Avenue - both sides between municipal lot driveway and Main Street
  • Park Avenue – east side between municipal lot and Main Street
  • Fourth Avenue – west side between municipal lot driveway and Main Street
  • Third Avenue – east side between Mechanicsville Road and Main Street

What if I only need to quickly run in and out of a store to pick something up?
There will be 25 conveniently located “Express” parking spaces located throughout the business district that will allow 15 minutes of FREE parking between 9AM and 9PM.

How much will parking cost?
The cost will be 25¢ for 20 minutes (75¢ per hour). Minimum purchase will be 4 minutes for 5¢.

What kind of meters will be installed?
The meters, or “pay stations” will be very similar to those already in operation in downtown Patchogue and at the Bay Shore train station.

Why does each parking space have a number?
At the pay station, customers will be prompted to “Enter Space Number" to begin the transaction.

Will the meters accept credit cards?
Yes. The meters will accept coins, VISA and MasterCard (minimum purchase will be $1 for credit cards).

What about parking time limits? Will they be changing?
No. The existing time limit for parking on Main Street is “2 hour limit” between 9AM and 6PM. After 6PM the time limit no longer applies but the meters will remain in effect until 12 midnight.

Where will the pay stations be situated?
Pay stations will be installed in the curb strips (see inset photo) and there will generally be 2 or 3 pay stations per block.

What if a meter / pay station is “out of order”?
There will generally be 2 or 3 pay stations per block, so if one pay station is “out of order” you will have to use a different one. All meters work for all spaces. In the rare event you encounter a pay station that is “out of order,” kindly contact the Islip Parking Agency at 631-224-5380 Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. to report a problem.

Do motorcycles have to pay if using a numbered / metered space?
Yes. However, to maximize utilization of the downtown parking supply more than one motorcycle will be permitted to “share” a numbered parking space as long as the space is “paid”.

How will the meters be enforced?
Enforcement officers will be checking the meters on a regular basis while they are in effect.

Can I “feed” the meter to extend my parking time after I have parked?
Yes. But remember, a 2 hour parking time limit is in effect between the hours of 9AM and 6PM. If your vehicle is parked in the same spot for longer than 2 hours within the 9AM to 6PM time period you are in violation and subject to ticketing.

Will there be opportunities for local businesses to validate parking, advertise or run promotions through the parking program?
Yes. A simple yet effective marketing strategy for local businesses is to discount purchases or offer a free drink or dessert to customers who produce a non-expired parking receipt. Also, local businesses may open an Online Permitting Account (OPA) that will allow them to comp or discount customer parking.

Public Works (roadways not maintained)

Below is a list of roadways within the Town of Islip that the Public Works Department does not maintain. Should you have any questions regarding these or any other roads within Islip Town, please call the Public Works Department at (631) 224-5600.


Suffolk County Roads
Carleton Avenue
Crooked Hill Road
Fifth Avenue, Bay Shore
Johnson Avenue to MacArthur Airport
Lakeland Avenue (n/o Sunrise Highway)
Middle Road, Bayport
Montauk Highway (east of Oakdale Bridge to Bayport)
Motor Parkway
Ocean Avenue (from Lakeland Avenue to Rosevale Avenue, Ronkonkoma)
Patchogue-Holbrook Road
Suffolk Avenue
Union Blvd
Wheeler Road
Wicks Road


New York State Roads
Islip Avenue / Rt. 111
Long Island Expressway (LIE) / Rt. 495
Montauk Highway (Main Street) / Rt. 27A (west of Oakdale bridge to West Islip)
Sunrise Highway/ Rt. 27
Veterans Memorial Highway (Vets Hwy.) / Rt. 454


Privately-Owned Roads
All roads in the Village of Brightwaters
All roads in the Village of Islandia
All roads in the Moorings, East Islip
Oakneck Road, West Islilp
Any roads within a private community such as a Town House, Apartment or Condo Complex

Fire Island Civilian Access Update

Temporary Access to Fire Island Increased

Islip, NY – Islip Supervisor Tom Croci recently signed an emergency order granting wider civilian access to Fire Island.  Temporary access to year-round residents and/or property owners will be permitted at the following dates and times for those whose homes lie within Islip’s borders:

  • Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 between the hours of 10:10 AM and 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 15th, 2012 between the hours of 10:10 AM and 3:30 PM
  • Friday, November 16th, 2012 between the hours of 10:10 AM and 3:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 17th, 2012 between the hours of 10:10 AM and 3:30 PM

 

Anyone wishing to venture to Fire Island during these allotted times must travel by ferry service that runs between Fire Island’s communities and the mainland.  Private travel by boat or by road is not permitted.  Visitors will also be asked to supply personal identification and proof of property ownership for law enforcement personnel. 

“The safety of our residents remains our primary concern, given the catastrophic damage on Fire Island.  Fire and Emergency service teams along with contractors, plumbers, electricians and inspectors have improved conditions to the point where limited and temporary access is appropriate for homeowners and year round residents," said Supervisor Croci.  The Town facilities at Atlantique Beach and Marina remains off limits to the public.

Receiver of Taxes Weik Brings New Online Tax Payment Option to Islip

First time convenience answers longtime taxpayer’s requests.

Islip Town Receiver of Taxes Alexis Weik, today announced that Islip residents and businesses will now officially have the option to view and pay their taxes via an online system.

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