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July 10, 2013

For some beachgoers, a tow at the water

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It adds up, but drivers won’t get their vehicles back without paying the total. And, although police get their share of irate comments from owners whose vehicles they’ve ordered towed, Pratt’s employees often get the brunt on their anger.

“People were saying there was no sign that said there’s no parking within 20 feet of the corner,” Pratt said. “You don’t need a sign for that; it’s something you learn in drivers’ ed. You’re supposed to know that when you get your license.”

The same can be said of parking too close to a hydrant or parking a vehicle on a sidewalk. Just because drivers are on vacation, doesn’t mean the state or town parking regulations are taking a day off, too.

The heat over the 4th of July holiday weekend brought thousands to the beach on Saturday, and public parking lots, costing about $10 a day, were jammed.

“I was told the municipal parking lot was packed and they were using satellite parking for the overflow,” Roy said. “And I was told the (Salisbury Beach State) Reservation parking lot also filled up on Saturday.”

But the enforcement of local and state parking regulations isn’t seen as bad news by everyone. Thoughtless parkers have made lives miserable for beach residents for years, according to Ray Champagne, president of the Salisbury Beach Betterment Association, an organization made up of beach residents and businesses.

“Personally, I’m glad to see the police taking an aggressive stance on illegal parking,” Champagne said. “There’s adequate parking with the town and private parking lots without people having to park illegally blocking sidewalks. The problems are caused by people who don’t want to pay (for parking), or feel they can impact someone else’s life for their own convenience.”

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