No Warnings This Year on First Night of Winter Parking Ban

Be warned - local police officers will be issuing tickets, not warnings on the first night of the winter parking ban.

Consider yourself warned - tickets, not warnings, will be issued to offending vehicles on the first night of this year's on-street winter parking ban.

At the Board of Selectmen's meeting at Abbot Hall Wednesday night, Chairwoman Jackie Belf-Becker announced that vehicles parked overnight on Nov. 26 will be ticketed because "this year there will be multiple efforts to publicize the date."

"Our board will be mentioning this date three times, then there will be a code red call to local residents and we will have a notice in the paper as well," she said.

The winter parking ban will officially commence at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 26 and continue until April 15. No parking will be allowed on any street for a period longer than one hour between the hours of midnight at 7 a.m.

As is the case every year, if a snow emergency should occur before Nov. 26, the Board of Selectmen can order that all cars removed from public ways.


So Where Can I Park?

Before the winter parking ban begins, here's a handy list of places where residents without driveways can park overnight - be sure to adhere to the rules of each individual parking lot because they vary.

Roundhouse Road: This large parking lot off of Pleasant Street provides 72-hour parking. Some of the spaces are designated commercial and vehicles must be parked "head-on" - the lot must be cleared from 7 a.m., Monday Nov. 21 to 3 p.m., Nov. 22 for cleaning.

Rockaway Street: There are a handful of public parking spaces located across from the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society. The spaces allow for two-hour parking from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fort Beach Lane: Located near Fort Sewall, this parking lot provides about a dozen spaces for two-hour parking from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Abbot Hall: There are only a few spaces in the small parking lot in front of Abbot Hall. Residents can legally park there overnight as long as they aren't interfering with any posted town meetings and they are gone before 7 a.m. The lot is designated "for municipal business only" weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ferry Lane: The parking lot near the Harbormaster's office also provides some spaces for overnight parking, though they too require that local motorists retrieve their vehicles before 7 a.m. 

State Street Landing: The parking lot at the Philip T. Clark Landing is restricted to two-hour parking from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Winter 2011/2012 Off Street Parking Ban

Failure to comply with the parking ban will result in a $25 ticket.

John Buba October 12, 2012 at 01:23 PM
When are the Selectmen going to move Marblehead into at least the 20th century and do away with this dumb parking ban? The surrounding towns have successfully implemented the blue light notice for winter storms. Why can’t we? This is not 1865 where storms just seem to happen. Our 24/7 news and weather begin to hype the next winter storm as soon as it starts to develop somewhere out in western Canada or off the coast of Africa; and then remind us for days if not weeks of the impending trouble. It is ridiculous that people can park on streets in the summer and yet in the winter that same street is now all of a sudden a dangerous thoroughfare. Just another example of failed leadership from our elected leaders.
MHH101 October 12, 2012 at 07:45 PM
It's not about storms happening. It's about the remaining snow banks and transit of emergency vehicles over our already narrow streets.
John Buba October 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
So the other towns do not have this problem? Does their snow melt more quickly? Are all their streets excessively wide? It would be Ok if they temporarily made a "few" streets NO PARKING while there was snow, this would be a totally manageable problem instead of this dumb all or nothing approach. The blue lights can be "on" for several days if the town wants until they get ahead of the snow clean up. No, this is about the Selectmen having neither the will nor the energy to put this into effect.
michael beaulieu October 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Or lookig for a cash cow.
John Buba October 13, 2012 at 08:19 PM
When I was on the Finance Committee I thought that was true, but I checked and there is not a lot of revenue generated by the fines and the cops hate writing the tickets. No, I think this one really lies at the feet of the Selectmen. It is easier to do nothing than to work at solving problems.
Skip Dauray October 14, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I have to agree that the way we do the parking ban seems archaic. It is a great unecessary inconvenience for many citizens. Though I generally oppose the tax overrides, perhaps one to put in a blue light system would be money well spent.


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