During the first week of school at Skyline Elementary, a verbal altercation broke out between a parent and a resident over a parking dispute on Dell Street, prompting the San Diego County Sheriff's Department to put a patrol officer there for the remainder of the week, according to the Solana Beach school district at its last meeting.
The deputy's presence has people talking about the situation near the school on Lomas Santa Fe Drive just east of Interstate 5.
"While some increase in traffic is to be expected around a school at dismissal times, it's important for us to address concerns of local residents," said Bill Banning, assistant superintendent for the Solana Beach School District. "We hope parents who are present when traffic is impacted in the area will take every precaution to assure the safety of students, exercise courtesy with each other and demonstrate responsible driving habits that don't impact the residents or other drivers in the area."
The flow of traffic slows around pick-up and drop-off times, and some parents even risk parking in front of driveways or fire hydrants to get a good spot while waiting.
"It (Dell Street) is in such a high traffic area, I feel bad for residents, but if parents are considerate it shouldn't be a problem. We park a few blocks away and walk," said Skyline parent Jan Krystkowiak.
Some parents feel as though students are arriving and leaving when no one is really home or coming in and out of their houses, as opposed to around 5 pm.
"It doesn't really impact me a lot unless someone's parked right in front of my driveway, but no one's ever refused to move when asked," said James Enlow, a Dell Street resident.
Enlow said he doesn't really mind the increased traffic although he wishes parents were more considerate, by not blocking the street to have conversations, opening their doors into traffic, and parking in red zones in front of fire hydrants or driveways.
Parents picking up their children on Dell Street say they do so mostly to avoid the high traffic in Skyline's parking lot and on Lomas Santa Fe.
"The traffic on Lomas Santa Fe gets so backed up, it's much more dangerous," said Krystkowiak.
"I know it (the parking on Dell Street) is because of what they're tolerating on the other side," said Enlow.