Good for the Beach – Meters make a lot of sense

June 23, 2010
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation is set on lining Revere Beach with parking meters – something which should have been done decades ago.

The city council and the DCR will work together to give this initiative a chance to finally be implemented. And it will take the approval of the council and the DCR for parking meters to be installed.

Parking meters lining the beach does many things.

It will cause the worst slobs who trash the beach to stop coming because they now have to pay to park their automobiles. This is a positive development.

Second, the meters will produce income that will defray the cost of maintaining the beach for the DCR.

Third, beach residents will be given stickers so they don’t have to pay to park which is just and fair the way it ought to be.

It is costly to line the beach with new meters but over the years, the initial cost will be repaid by the income from the meters and at some point, a clear, unimpeded flow of cash will be produced by those meters.

We have believed for many years that parking meters were the right way to go on Revere Beach.

We urge the council and the DCR to get this bit of business done as soon as possible.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/P7S27UVVZ467GZNV6ZSQACRFXA Dave

    I agree. The beach is a public resource that should be free, but that doesn't mean that people are entitled to free parking as well. This article missed a couple of other advantages:
    – It would encourage the use of public transportation (proximity to the T is one of the main differentiators between Revere Beach and other beaches in MA).
    – Since the meters will generate revenue themselves, and hopefully discourage loitering, I would hope that we can begin to cut down on the army of vulture-like tow trucks that descends on the beach every night at 10 and creates a disturbance for residents and law-abiding beach goers alike.

  • reverebeachfan

    Who writes this stuff? ” It will cause the worst slobs who trash the beach to stop coming because they now have to pay to park their automobiles”…
    Where is the EVIDENCE of this? How does the author equate someone who liters (BTW how about more trash barrels both on the Sand and the Sidewalk, and regular refuse collection twice a day on buzy summer afternoons) and the need to, once again, tax the lower end of the Socio Economic Scale? Do they have contempt for people who come down with their families to enjoy the beach, It is also doubtful that the money generated by these proposed meters will ever make it to the DRC maintance budget, you wait and see if one observes any apreciable difference in the cleanliness of the beach and restrooms which are basically inadequate with respect to 15-20,000 people using the beach on any given summer day. Its time for politicians to look at middle class folks as something other than a source to TAX, FINE, or SURCHARGE there way out of every budget crisis that comes up to Beacon Hill.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/P7S27UVVZ467GZNV6ZSQACRFXA Dave

    Just to clarify: This is a good idea if all of the money is put into a beach-maintainence fund administered by the DCR. I don't really trust the present crop of city officials with another revenue stream.

  • Undeliverable Address

    Errr. How about FINING people $1k for littering? No questions asked? The problem is littering, not parking. Address the problem.

  • Undeliverable Address

    Errr. How about FINING people $1k for littering? No questions asked? The problem is littering, not parking. Address the problem.

  • Phillipo57

    The meters will make the beach look the way it use to.By the end of the winter half of them will be down or half down.anything for a Buck.

  • Phillipo57

    The meters will make the beach look the way it use to.By the end of the winter half of them will be down or half down.anything for a Buck.

  • Phillipo57

    The meters will make the beach look the way it use to.By the end of the winter half of them will be down or half down.anything for a Buck.

  • Phillipo57

    The meters will make the beach look the way it use to.By the end of the winter half of them will be down or half down.anything for a Buck.

  • Phillipo57

    The meters will make the beach look the way it use to.By the end of the winter half of them will be down or half down.anything for a Buck.

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