GALVESTON — One month after launching the city’s paid parking program, the police department has announced it is ready to begin issuing tickets to parking violators along Seawall Boulevard.
When the program began on July 28, police announced that there would be a period of time when violators would not be issued tickets. Instead, violators were warned of the city’s new rules by the parking-dedicated police unit patrolling the seawall and surrounding neighborhoods.
Starting this weekend, that will come to an end, said Galveston Police Capt. Jeffrey Heyse.
Parking violators who are detected by the police department’s automated license plate reading system will be issued a $17 ticket.
“It’s got to start sometime, and this is when it’s got to start,” Heyse said.
Heyse said that police do not intend to tow violators or issue multiple tickets per day, though repeat violators may face harsher penalties
Money generated from parking tickets will be sent to the city's general fund, separate from the dedicated fund created to pay for seawall enhancements.
Since the program launched, 20,374 people have paid for parking on the seawall, Heyse said.
Visitors can use cash to pay for parking in four different locations: Island Bicycle (1808 Seawall Boulevard), Ohana Surf and Skate (2814 Avenue R ½), the 61st Street Pier and the 91st Street Pier.