Frustration at new parking rules for Alex Headland
TOURISTS arriving at Alexandra Headland with their cars packed to the hilt with boards and sand buckets for a day at the beach also need to pack an egg-timer.
The Sunshine Coast Council has introduced some two-hour parking bays along the beachfront.
The move has angered at least one dad, Sam Galer, who never planned to spend a day at the beach with his children while watching the clock.
"You bring your family to the beach and by the time you've got everything set up, settling in and got the kids in the water, you are going to have to come back and move your car," Mr Galer said.
"It's against the Australian way. Now you are going to be worrying about an expensive day when you should be worried about how much your fish and chips are going to cost."
What amount of time is reasonable for a beachside carpark?
This poll ended on 26 February 2015.
Two hours is plenty so another person can take the park
No limit, families can spend all day at the beach
Half a day to enjoy the beach and free up the park for someone else
Doesn't bother me, I don't drive
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Alex Surf Club general manager Ashley Robinson was full of praise for the council's road upgrade of the area.
However, he said he was getting many complaints from tourists and locals alike about the new parking rules.
"Who goes to the beach for two hours?" he said.
A council spokesman said the council "constantly reviews timing restrictions on parking spaces in response to customer demand and feedback".
"A combination of untimed and two-hour parking spaces is in place on the beach side of Alexandra Pde," he said.
"Only 15 off-street car parking spaces on the western side of Alexandra Pde have been changed to two-hour parking and there are still plenty of untimed parking spaces."