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David Schuler

So Beau decides to park his car in a known illegal location and then goes on a rampage about getting a ticket? So he's better then the rest of us who try to obey the rules?? Is that the attitude of people we want on City Council???

David Schuler

Upon further reflection, Beau's idea of defunding the Parking Enforcement isn't the proper answer. Eliminating enforcement just allows those a**h**** who willingly ignore parking restrictions to do so with impunity. If Beau really wants to solve the problem for his future constituents then the proper solution is to completely eliminate all parking restrictions across the Island. No handicap zones no fire lanes, no paid parking on the Seawall or Downtown, no Loading Zones, no Tow-Away zones, Make it legal to park on sidewalks and yards; alleys and driveways. Eliminate rules about parking by fire hydrants and emergency vehicle access. Then we can ALL park wherever and whenever we want without fear of a parking ticket. Isn't that his real objective?

Susan Fennewald

The marshall's parking enforcement has gotten excessive. My neighborhood behind the seawall is signed for "parking with residential permit only". We've never had beach parking issues, and the rule hasn't been enforced ever (10 years?). But on the last 4th of July, the marshall issued tickets to every car on the block. All were residents. None had stickers.

Then a couple of weeks ago I was at an estate sale in the East end historic district - and there was the marshall ticketing people parking to go to the estate sale.

He's a bit overzealous.

Gary Miller

Was he ticketing cars parked illegaly? Doing his job.

bryan manuele

In my opinion the Marshalls have worked very hard to transform Galveston from a third world like City so it is now begins to resemble a normal middle-class community. They may be guilty of inconsistency from time to time but whatever your reason the law has been broken. Most people want to order, safety, cleanliness, I'm always surprised but I'm old school when they also want to be treated special. Here's a radical idea pay your fine and write a note thanking them for reminding you be responsible for your actions.

Susan Fennewald

Marshall's doing code enforcement on run down buildings is good. But excessive parking enforcement doesn't transform a city into anything but a ticket trap.

Joe Flores

downtown is not a ticket trap ... very much needed enforcement and should be 7 days a week !!!

domenico nuckols

Withdraw from the race. We don’t need a want a be Trump on the island.

CJ Kirwer

Beau, I’d take it easy on the Marshals if I were you. I’ve found that they don’t ticket legally parked vehicles. Further they do a great job of dealing with graffiti and tag art downtown,I know this because I live there.

Also be thankful they haven’t cited you for your parked scissor lift and construction junk you pile up in the alley behind your bar.

CJ Kirwer

Correction: the scissor lift and construction junk behind Beau’s bar is not his, apparently it’s his landlords junk piled up in the alley.

Don Schlessinger

Parked illegally---got a ticket----wants to defund the Marshalls---must be a Democrat.

Jack Reeves

[thumbup]

Gary Miller

Don> IS

Dan Freeman

Mr. Rawlings had Trump/Pence signs in his yard until the majority of his neighbors put up Biden/Harris signs. His T/P magically vanished.[beam]

Jeri Kinnear

So let me get this straight - you knowingly park in a no parking zone, a ticket follows, and you, as a candidate for city council want to defund an entire city department because you didn't follow the law. This sounds a great deal like what we have today from DC. The petulance of the last four years is enough. JP has my vote.

Karen Sawyer

What exactly is a loading/unloading zone for if not to load/unload your vehicle?

Jim Forsythe

Loading zones are a region designated for rapid loading and unloading of materials. Parking in this area is only permitted for short periods of time, normally no longer than 30 minutes. Primarily this section is used by commercial vehicles holding the necessary permits. Loading and Unloading Zones keep parking areas running smoothly.

Ginger Farrant

The spin to say I wanted to “ defund” the Marshals office was not the way I stated my thoughts. I feel the oversight of the Marshals office and budget should be under the direction of the Galveston Police Dept. Not directly under the sole direction of the City Manager. I did not want special treatment. I have a business on 24th and Strand. I was parked on 25th. The ticket was issued on a Sunday, ( a day when parking is free), for me parking in a loading zone on 25th St in front of the closed Railroad Building. I was loading pallets from my business, as 25th was filled with bikes and customers. To me, a loading zone is just that. The ticket will be paid, but I would like to weigh in on the City Marshals office utilizing discretion and being directed by GPD. There has been a very large group of local residents who feel the same way about over-stepping in enforcement. I hope this clears the air.

Ginger Farrant

The Title of the article to say I wanted to

“ defund” the Marshals office was not correct and were not my words. I feel the oversight of the Marshals office should be under the direction of the Galveston Police Dept. Not directly under the sole direction of the City Manager. I did not want special treatment. I have a business on 24th and Strand. I was parked on 25th in a dedicated loading zone. The ticket was issued on a Sunday, ( a day when parking is free). I parked in the loading zone on 25th St in front of the closed Railroad Building so that I could load pallets from my business, as 25th was filled with bikes and customers. To me, a loading zone is just that. The ticket will be paid, but I would like to weigh in on the City Marshals office utilizing discretion and who has oversight of their division. There has been a very large group of local residents who feel the same way about over-stepping in enforcement. I hope this clears the air.

Don Schlessinger

So I wonder, was the loading zone on private or public property? If it's private. and I owned it, I would expect the Marshall to ticket the offender.

Lisa Blair

Laws and ordinances are not meant to be enforced with discretion. They are meant to be enforced uniformly and without bias. Anything else is selective enforcement, something that has been business as usual in Galveston’s past. We now have council members and administrators who run the city fairly and with transparency. What a shame it would be to go back to our old backwards ways. It looks like GMPA has its eye on the $900K allocated to the Marshall’s office and Beau has his eye on pleasing the GMPA.

Joe Flores

totally agree

Ginger Farrant

The above post was submitted to me by Beau Rawlins.

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