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.