Summer Beach Traffic and Parking Part 2 – high tech and common sense Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, Stage Fort, Great Marsh

This is a follow up about the public meeting held by Gloucester City Councilor Scott Memhard February 15, 2018 at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library on beach traffic and parking with a focus on his ward. This post includes Councilor Memhard’s meeting notes, and the Beach & Traffic Ad Hoc committee presentation to City Council. Look for information and maps related to Long Beach, Good Harbor Beach, Stage Fort Park, and more. Chances are your ideas or concerns were mentioned–doublecheck for yourself. Future public meetings to be announced.

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Here’s the presentation packet to the City Council from the Gloucester Beach Parking and Traffic Ad Hoc Committee, January 2017

Here’s Councilor Memhard’s recap of the Summer Beach and Traffic public meeting held at Sawyer Free Library February 16, 2018 (advertised in the Beacon, Gloucester Daily Times, and elsewhere long in advance):

“The Ward 1 Beach Parking Ordinance community meeting last night at the library was well attended. We had a lively airing of concerns and opinions, addressing the specific Parking Ordinance proposed changes, and general, wide-ranging discussion of the problem and various potential solutions, including:

> expanded off-site parking* and trolly/bus service to the beaches;
> better signage notifying drivers that lots are full and closed, with posted directions to alternate parking options; and
> other practical steps to relieve severe safely, access, and disruption from on-street parking congestion in our beach neighborhoods.

*park n ride options would ease traffic especially with smartphone reservations/options. Locales like Rockport, Manchester, Provincetown limit cars. Several lots mentioned maximizing extant options such as negotiating with Stop&Shop, Shaws, Fuller, Blackburn, schools, etc. Stage Fort Shuttle already established and more train/bike. Train-trolley services have a rich history here.

ENFORCEMENT, HIGHER PARKING TICKETS, JULIE BROE 🙂

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Summer Beach Traffic and Parking- discuss

February 15, 2018 meeting at Sawyer Free Library–Councilor Scott Memhard hosted another Ward 1 community discussion and welcomed participation. All hands on deck– Councilor O’Hara part of beach traffic task force;  Council Lundberg, Holmgren, Cox and Hecht were there, too. I’ll add links soon.

UPDATE: Councilor Memhard added meeting notes to the comments (see below). I’ve also added them into a Part 2 post with the Beach & Traffic Ad Hoc committee presentation to City Council. Look for information and maps related to Long Beach, Good Harbor Beach, Stage Fort Park, and more. Chances are your ideas or concerns were mentioned–doublecheck and future public meetings to be announced.

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Gloucester Beach Parking For A 4 Week Renter

Merle Taylor writes-

 

Hi Joey
My husband and I vacation in Gloucester in the summer.  We’ve been renting a cottage in Lanesville for weeks at a time and loving it.  Your blog keeps us connected and we enjoy it daily. 
I want to complain about beach parking to someone.  Last summer I was denied beach parking because I’m not a resident nor was I renting for a long period of time.  I recently had double knee replacement and walking to the beach is an issue.  It seems that City Hall does not offer a weekly parking permit.  Is that something that should be offered?  I think it would bring in some revenue for the smaller beaches especially at Plum Cove. 
I’m interested in finding out if I can obtain one for summer 2014 as we will be in Lanesville for four weeks.  Would appreciate any help you can give me on this.
Thanks
Merle Taylor
West Chester, PA

 

From the City of Gloucester Website- which you can find here

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http://gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=653

You need to rent for 60 days to qualify for a seasonal renter parking sticker. They only charge $50 for a two month sticker so I’m not sure how they could charge a whole lot for a weekly sticker.   In the heat of the summer the beach parking gets filled up as it is and I’m pretty sure that full time residents feel that they should get first crack at parking at their home town beach.

The City does offer very reasonable beach shuttle service and it drops you off right at the beach so you wouldn’t have to worry about walking.

Here’s the information on the FREE parking offered if you take the Beach trolley-

Plan Your Day at the Beach in Gloucester, MA

Save money and be sure to get a parking space. On weekends, June 15 through Labor Day, you can park at Stage Fort Park and take the Trolley Shuttle (see Trolley Schedule here). Parking is FREE if you take the Trolley Shuttle.

Gloucester beaches offer relaxation and enjoyment well into autumn, when you’ll often see surfers riding the waves at Good Harbor Beach in the warm September waters.

Swimming and sunbathing, surfing and shelling, Gloucester beaches fill every desire – nestled in secluded coves, white sand stretching for miles or family favorites with playgrounds and tidal pools.

In addition there is such limited parking at Plum Cove Beach it would suck for residents to get bumped out for weekly renters but if you are willing to pay for a weekly parking pass then you should be willing to pay for a taxi.  Gloucester does have taxi services