The Force is With Us Tonight @ I4-C2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens – FREE

After a couple of days of dicey weather The Force has delivered us perfect a outdoor movie-going night. FREE screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, presented by Building Center.  Refreshments at 6pm.  Movie starts at dark.  65 Rogers Street (I4-C2)!  Be there to awaken the Force within you!  Special thanks to Aurelia Nelson of North Shore 104.9 for keeping Movie Night Alive!

BREAKING NEWS: Harvest Moon Music Fest Tix On Sale NOW!

We’ve just put tickets on sale for the Harvest Moon Music Festival benefit to help save Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Five years after Celebrate Gloucester, top north-shore musicians once again take the stage at Gloucester’s award-winning HarborWalk for an extraordinary day of music, food and family fun to help the Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund save our local hospital.

This is an all-ages festival with plenty of food, an artisan marketplace and a beer and spirits tent for people over 21.

North Shore Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson will MC the show.

Dance, eat, drink, party and feel good about it because you’re contributing to a great cause.

Get your tickets right now, right here!

GDT Reports That The City Is Looking To Make I4-C2 A Temporary Parking Lot

City eyes I-4, C-2 for paid parking

By Marjorie Nesin Staff Writer

Gloucester’s waterfront I-4, C-2 lot, where many have found a free space to park over the past two years, could soon become a temporary metered lot if the city has its way.

City officials have applied for a state permit to allow such use of the 65 Rogers St. site because the state insists the city have a permit to charge for parking on the 95-space waterfront lot while the city searches for a person or company interested in developing the property, according to Harbor Planning Director Sarah Garcia.

Read the entire article here

This to me is a total no-brainer.  They are looking to make it a “temporary” lot which will provide a whole lot of parking for area businesses and will generate money for the city.  How is this not a good idea? 

Would people rather see it sit fallow, put a chain across it and not let anyone park there just to spite Downtown Gloucester and all the businesses and city coffers that would benefit?

In the comment section of the article folks are calling for an open air fish market from which fishermen can sell their fish directly to the public.  That sounds nice but when all is totaled you want to cut out the existing waterfront properties that handle the fish and sell to local consumers and get this product to market while not allowing other uses for the waterfront properties except for marine industrial uses.  Isn’t that special?  There is Steve Connolly, Intershell, Turner Seafood already selling seafood to the local consumers.  Taking a City owned property and offering it up to compete with existing businesses when thiose existing businesses have already been severely impacted by fishing cuts hardly sounds fair to me.

We have a Consumer Supported Fishery (CSF) product with Cape Ann Fresh Catch and we have the Farmer’s Market which already operates in a different location.  So take away a property that would provide parking for all of downtown and replace it with a business model that would compete with existing businesses, doesn’t make much sense to me.

A temporary parking lot will feed all the businesses around the Downtown area including the Museums, Restaurants, Retailers, Whale Watch Boats, Schooners and more.  best yet the City gets paid for the parking.