Provincetown approves parking proposals at public meeting

Max speed to drop on Conwell, parking violation fines increase

Following a public hearing on Wednesday, Provincetown selectmen approved several parking proposals. The proposals were presented by citizens, the town manager and the Provincetown Parking Department

Nine different citizen proposals were considered. Of the nine, only one was approved. That proposal was made by Howard Berman who suggested that the maximum speed posted on Conwell Street be set at 20 mph for the entire stretch of the road and that enforcement on the road be increased.

Five of the seven proposals made by the town manager and the Provincetown Parking Department were approved. The first of the proposals established a policy that vehicles would only be towed for street sweeping violations after multiple violations. First and second offenders will not be towed.

Increases were approved for 18 parking violation fines. Group A fines including meter violations and parking in a loading zone increased from $25 to $35. Although you won't be towed for first or second street sweep violations, those fines jumped $75 from $25 to $100. Group B fines such as fire lane and obstructing a crosswalk doubled from $50 to $100. Violation of handicapped parking under Group C were all increased $50 from $100 to $150.

An annual parking permit for boats and trailers was established and the town manager's suggestion to designate a spot in the Ryder Street lot for "Town Hall Business Only" was also approved. Several changes were also made to the town's parking and traffic regulations as pertain to taxi cabs and sightseeing tour vehicles.

The original proposals are available here. The changes approved at Wednesday's meeting are here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on