What do you think of the change in waterfront parking policy?
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This week's question
The Plymouth Growth and Development Corporation has decided to not allow permit parking to apply to two popular Water Street parking lots, at East Bay Grille and Lobster Hut, serving all the restaurants in that area. What do you think of this change in policy?
There is no value to a parking permit when so many spots are restricted. Designated parking areas within a reasonable distance from the downtown waterfront neighborhoods’ residences and businesses should be permitted only to the neighborhood’s residents and employees. All other patrons pay the metered rate or walk from one of the free parking lots.
Plymouth waterfront parking is not visitor friendly. The paying stations for the lots in front of East Bay Grill and the Lobster Hut are difficult and confusing for first time visitors and regulars alike. Looking forward to some improvements.
Pat Adelmann has been a Plymouth resident since 1977and is a mother of five Plymouth Public School graduates, a proud grandmother of 12, a former School Committee member and a former Town Meeting representative.
At this point I’m sure that there are many people who won’t buy permits. If you have a permit and are in poor health or elderly you will have a problem walking from the approved lots. As for me, if I can’t put quarters in a meter I don’t park there. I have watched a line of tourists, in the rain, try to figure out the damned parking ticket machines.
We need to get the parking fiasco back under local control.
You know what’s odd? The fact that it appears that we ask for more identification to buy a parking permit than to vote. Not good, is it?
Jay Beauregard, born and raised in Plymouth, served four years in the Marine Corps and has worked for 37 years at a local company. He is a Libertarian who served three terms as a Town Meeting rep from Precinct 6.
I think it is idiotic, as is most everything the PGDC does. It has been years since I have gone either downtown or to the waterfront for anything, since the money-grubbing fools who set the parking policies in this town make it so eternally difficult to do so. I have always said this town needs to follow the lead of Newport, R.I., and make it easy to use downtown. It has never bothered to do that. The result is a nice town which is remarkably uninviting to tourists and locals alike – an incredibly stupid situation as we lurch toward 2020, another area where the town is moving in the wrong direction. I’m a marketing guy; this is free marketing advice. Ignore it at your own peril, Plymouth. Incredibly irritating all around.
A Plymouth resident for more than 40 years, Jeff Berger is founder and owner of JMB Communications / websitesthatworkusa.com and everythingsxm.com as well as Northeast Ambassador for SkyMed International, www.getskymed.com. He is a former chairman of Plymouth’s Nuclear Matters Committee and its Cable Advisory Committee.
PGDC should leave things the way they are until they complete the three promised parking garages. Short and simple. Parking is hard enough in town without putting further restrictions on it.
Mike Landers is a Town Meeting representative and is the founder and producer of Project Arts of Plymouth. He is also the owner of Nightlife Music Company and is a performing musician.
I support the PGDC pricing and management policy on the Water Street lots. The cost of parking should be variable, lower at half empty lots to encourage use, higher at high demand lots to discourage casual use, especially where there are other uses (such as visiting tourists) that we want to encourage. When I worked at Children’s Hospital in Boston, there was a parking policy that encouraged, almost mandated, remote employee parking that was priced way below cost, and served by shuttles, in order to provide convenient nearby parking for patients and families. I would also note that, to my mind, living or working in downtown Plymouth, and paying Plymouth taxes, does not and should not guarantee free or discount parking. If you buy a house that has no onsite parking, you know that when you buy that house you will need to solve your parking on your own. If you work at a downtown enterprise with no onsite parking, your employer or you, on your own, need to solve your parking. Yes, resident parking should be available, upon proof of residency, on many but not all public streets, at a reasonable cost, as it is in most cities and towns. But the town can and should create variable parking pricing and policy to maximize use of all parking spaces, and to balance the needs of residents and visitors.
David Peck is the retired director of Facility Planning at Boston Children's Hospital. He serves as the chairman of the Plymouth Building Committee and vice-chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He is a Town Meeting representative from Precinct 4.
That’s one of the problems with all these committees! Not any real accountability. Seems like they are pis---- a lot of resident taxpayers off.
Roger Silva is a former five-term Plymouth selectman who began public service as an elected Town Meeting member. He has served on the Advisory and Finance Committee and two charter commissions