This upcoming Saturday the good people of Galveston will vote on the question of ending free parking on the Galveston Seawall.
Above are campaign yard signs about this issue that I took pictures of over the past weekend.
".....Charge up to $8 a day to park along the seawall or $25 for an annual pass. Hourly parking would be available at $1 an hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Up to 10 percent of income from the paid parking meters could be used for administrative costs, 15 percent would replace capital improvements and 75 percent of the income would go to seawall enhancements. The council has voted to use the parking revenue for showers, restrooms, litter control, neighborhood security and lighting. Finally, the proposal includes a sunset clause that would end paid parking seven years from the day collections start. If paid parking is beneficial, the council could extend the clause."
This is a matter for the people of Galveston to decide.
However, as someone who visited Galveston every six weeks or so for the nearly 13 years I've lived in Houston, I can say I'd be very willing to pay to park at the Seawall.
Galveston has the right to charge a modest fee to recoup the costs of maintaining and improving the Seawall. As much as I enjoy walking at the ocean in Galveston and walking on the Seawall, it is clear that it is a bare bones operation without even the most basic amenities such as a public restroom. The $8 daily fee or the $25 annual pass is affordable even to lower-income visitors. Many people visit the Seawall with friends and family. The cost of parking could easily be split between passengers in a vehicle.
- Vehicular controls, management, and parking
- Sanitation and litter control
- Law enforcement/Neighborhood and Seawall Security
- Beach/dune system education
- Public facilities (restrooms, equipment rentals, picnic areas
- Recreational and refreshment facilities
- Wash off stations
- Necessary staff and personnel