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April 25, 2014

New parking rules coming to Seabrook Beach

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As for the infamous parking placards that have been such a headache, they will be distributed differently.

A beach property owner/resident will get one placard, in addition to one parking sticker per vehicle registered in town.

A beach property owner who is a non-resident will get two placards per house, no matter how many units the house may have.

Uptown property owner residents (those who do not live at the beach) can get one guest pass that’s good for five days, along with the stickers for vehicles registered in town.

Uptown property owner non-residents can get one parking placard.

There will be two colors of placards to distinguish between a parking placard and guest pass.

Placards will have a raised seal on them, which should prevent easy counterfeiting.

When applying for placards a photo ID is required, as well as proof of residency or proof of property ownership for non-resident owners.

Selectmen plan to stripe the municipal parking lot on Route 1A and put up signs restricting parking there for town residents only who have stickers, placards or passes. That brings 40 to 50 spaces for town beach-goers.

When both beach residents and non-beach residents raised issues with the reforms, Manzi said they must be on the right track.

“Uptown residents are complaining and beach residents are complaining; we must be doing it right,” Manzi said. “We have equal pain.”

And equal pain was the goal, he said, for compromise only happens when both sides get something and both sides suffer.

Carole Howley agreed. As part of the meeting that developed the newly approved plan, she said there was lots of discussion, give and take.

“Everybody had to give up something,” Howley said. “I felt everyone worked together. I felt we did this in a great sense of compromise.”

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