GALVESTON — Former Galveston mayoral candidate Greg Roof has filed a lawsuit against the city over paid parking on the seawall.

Reached on his cellphone Saturday night, the former Galveston College regent declined to elaborate on the pending litigation.

“I am involved in litigation but I have no further comment at this time,” Roof said.

The decision to implement paid parking on Seawall Boulevard was approved by voters in 2011, and the new pay-by-phone system made its debut Saturday, July 27.

Some visitors have criticized the system for being unwieldy and reported problems registering vehicles over the phone, but the city has said it will take time to smooth out wrinkles in the new program.

Police have said that 2,278 people registered and paid to park on the seawall last weekend.

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(6) comments


Go for it Greg. What about the people who do not own a cell phone and do not carry credit cards. This is true of many older people. Also, what about the neighborhood parking. The parking on Ave S. is not all residential nor business parking...especially behind the Spot and new Queens.


This is great news! Good luck!

Steve Fouga

This is not great news. Great news would be that paid parking turns out to be a tremendous success. Good news would be that it turns out to be a waste of time and counterproductive, and the city disbands it.

Bad news is a lawsuit that wastes money and causes disharmony.


I agree with you completely about the litigation - and am fearful that's where the city will wind up when someone gets hurt or killed trying to cross the Boulevard to get from their parking space in a neighborhood to the beach and the city is sued for failing to provide crosswalks.

Steve Fouga

There are crosswalks for most of the portion of Seawall Blvd that has paid parking. I use them all the time!

Gary Miller

The first of many?

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