I wanted to voice my opinion about the parking along the seawall. In some areas of the seawall, there are no signs stating that this is a pay area.

I parked a way down the seawall as my boyfriend is about to have surgery and this was a long walk to Murdochs.

Nowhere near my area did it have a sign that said I had to call and pay. So, a few hours later, I had a $30 ticket on my car.

We came to Galveston to get away and relax. Put the stress aside. There has to be a better way. The hotels are way too expensive. Ease up on the parking, so we can enjoy more of Galveston.

Vicki Witt

San Marcos

(13) comments

David Schuler

At least this proves tickets are being issued. And as for hotels - i'm sure the ones on Bolivar or in Freeport are a lot more affordable.

Paula Flinn

I am sorry you got a ticket. Parking signs are almost everywhere on the Seawall. In my opinion, Galveston should keep the parking fees the same or get rid of them altogether. The City should charge for parking on the Seawall during big events, like Mardi Gras. Do not go up on the annual pass. I think we will be known as “Greedy Galveston.” Just my opinion.

Miceal O'Laochdha

Well, the lady said she got a ticket, she did not say she felt compelled to pay it once she returned to San Marcos. So, there is only the certainty that we paid for the person who wrote her the ticket. Receiving the fine and what the Park Board spent it on if she did pay it, remain an unknown.

Gary Miller

Mrs. Witt. You just learned something about Galveston. People who cross the causway are supposed to leave money for the privlege. If you had any left when you left you were lucky.

David Schuler

Where this 'we're not worthy' mentality comes from is a mystery to me. We have fine beaches, excellent and historic hotels, a wide range of attractions, and for some reason this island is home to many outspoken residents who think that if we charge for something, either we're evil, greedy or no one will show up. None of those are true but that 'fact' is endemic. Wish there was a vaccine, but then again, most of those same folks wouldn't get the shot.

Don Schlessinger

I think evil is a bit strong, but greedy fits Galveston very well.

Kelly Naschke

I just don’t understand you people that are so against paid parking. I’m a fifth generation BOI...worked on the beach for 25 straight seasons renting umbrellas and chairs, jet skis, surfboards and lessons, banana ride, concession stands, and am a lifelong surfer that’s in the water every time the surf comes up. In other words...I’ve probably spent more time on the beach than all of you put together. What don’t y’all understand about it costing money for maintenance, cleaning, lifeguards, and security?? Why would YOU, as a taxpayer, want to pay for all this and not have the people that come to the beach, chip in? I just don’t get it.

Don Schlessinger

5th generation BOI? Maybe that's why you don't get it.

Miceal O'Laochdha

I think perhaps there is a misunderstanding Kelly. I would have no problem at all getting the people who come to the beach (like you and I) to chip in... IF the money they have been collecting for parking was paying for "...maintenance, cleaning, lifeguards, and security...".But those things are already being paid for by PB / HOT funds. If you believe that they have honestly spent $547,000.00 in a year to maintain the handful of toilets and waterless showers they had installed with federal funds, well OK then. But, I do not believe that is possible. The parking fees are being used primarily to operate a parking fee program which collects parking fees to pay for the parking fees program. That is why I am so against paid parking. It is a smoke and mirrors program. None of that money is going to lifeguards, or trash pick-up and the only time it paid for security was the period several years back when the Police Dept handled the program with new officers. That WAS a real benefit to Galveston, so of course, it was cancelled and operations given to the omnipresent PB.

Paula Flinn

I remember that It was too costly to pay police officers to patrol the Seawall to give out tickets.

Kelly Naschke

Hey Gary...why don’t you go to San Marcos and see what you can do without spending a penny.

Don Schlessinger

I'm from the area and can assure you greediness isn't nearly as prevalent as what happens in Galveston.

Kelly Naschke

Don, no need for insults. I asked a serious question.
What don’t you understand about the multitude of costs that it takes to maintain the beach, pay the lifeguards, ems, cops,etc? This fifth gen BOI actually managed to get over bridge and get a degree in business. Part of that coursework is economics. And that’s just what this is. Basic economics. My guess is that you’ve seen tourism booming to the point where half your block is turning into vacation rentals that are upkept and maintained while your home is falling into disrepair and starting to stick out as one of the unkept properties on the block. I realize that must put pressure on you, but your opinion on tourism is a detriment to the city. I love the direction the island has gone in the last decade and it makes me proud that the people that come to the beach think enough of it to PAY for parking. Which they do. The evidence is only a block and a half from your house. Take a look at all the cars on the Seawall.

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