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Seawall parking fees greeted with confusion; city says it has received few complaints - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

August 1, 2014

Seawall parking fees greeted with confusion; city says it has received few complaints

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  • watchingthegov posted at 5:24 am on Fri, Aug 2, 2013.

    watchingthegov Posts: 7

    Probably if there were just a couple more signs stuck on the seawall everybody would understand what to do and how to do it. Hope there isn't a hurricane this year or people as far north as Amarillo may be dodging seawall parking signs.[smile]

     
  • DottyOA posted at 11:57 pm on Tue, Jul 30, 2013.

    DottyOA Posts: 186

    You would rather surf in Galveston than Surfside? It is a well known local fact that Surfside has better surf than Galveston. I grew up and still live on the coast and go to Galveston quite often. I'd love to see the tourists tell you and your fellow islanders who have your train of thought "adios" and to go smoke some seaweed while you watch your city taxes sky rocket because they left. If you are going to live in a city that promotes tourism you will get all kinds of people. If you don't like all kinds of people hanging out in the city you live in then you need to make a decision.

     
  • WFO posted at 12:05 am on Tue, Jul 30, 2013.

    WFO Posts: 12

    Actually Galveston has needed to charge the "Tourists" for parking Since the 70's. We went to Surfside to surf in the 70's but always came back to Galveston. I'd love to see parking fees increased and maybe some of the rif-raf Galveston Seawall attracts would go to Freeport!
    As a homeowner I'd tell you the same thing I tell my kids. If you don't like it don't go.

     
  • DottyOA posted at 11:23 pm on Mon, Jul 29, 2013.

    DottyOA Posts: 186

    Keep on taxing the tourists, Galveston. All you Galveston inhabitants that dislike the tourists so much (yes, you that complain about the tourists parking on your streets) need to consider that if you drive the tourists off the island you will be the loser. The tourists pay a lot of taxes (that means less property tax for you) and you voted to tax them even more by approving the Seawall parking tax. Galveston would be squat without the tourists and here your city is scamming them with a parking fee on the seawall?? Surfside and Bolivar are getting ready and both have a much nicer beach.....and you all know that as well as I do. I remember back in the late '70's when Galveston decided to be a tourist attraction and not an industry attraction. The floating G needs to rethink their seawall parking decision. Not smart for a tourist attraction.

     
  • kasmith posted at 11:56 am on Mon, Jul 29, 2013.

    kasmith Posts: 20

    Why didn't they use the same kind of meters that are used downtown? Those are no-brainers..

     
  • Don233 posted at 5:43 pm on Sun, Jul 28, 2013.

    Don233 Posts: 263

    Should have installed parking stations. Another gigantic planning failure for Galveston. Any moron could see the utter confusion having to pay thru an app. Good Lord people, pull you heads out of your posterior. If no one else uses that method, there's likely a reason way.

     
  • ScrabbleGuy posted at 12:48 pm on Sun, Jul 28, 2013.

    ScrabbleGuy Posts: 64

    And furthermore; PayByPhone.com isn't a secured https:// website and the company isn't even headquartered in the United States!

     
  • ScrabbleGuy posted at 12:34 pm on Sun, Jul 28, 2013.

    ScrabbleGuy Posts: 64

    WTF, the city is willing to give $2500 stipend to city workers. Why not use that $2500 to buy a couple part time positions to help sell (and inform) parking? I guess the city wasn't ready!

    And still the question remains, what about trailers and RVs that take two or three parking slots?

     
  • IslandResident posted at 12:18 pm on Sun, Jul 28, 2013.

    IslandResident Posts: 100

    Did you confirm they were parking tickets or were they warning tickets?

     
  • maryquality posted at 12:13 pm on Sun, Jul 28, 2013.

    maryquality Posts: 9

    From what I saw, there was no grace period. When I was walking along the seawall, I saw several cars with orange parking tickets on them! Welcome to Galveston!

     
  • Jake Buckner posted at 11:18 am on Sun, Jul 28, 2013.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 1442

    “I don’t think the city was ready”

    Probably not, but they had to start sometime. Give 'em a chance, for crying out loud!

    I'm still dismayed by the amount of signage, though.