The weather’s getting warmer and before you know it, it’ll be summer and residents will start their migration beach-ward. But beach-goers who flock to the esplanade in Brant Rock in Marshfield will be slapped with even bigger fines this year if they ignore parking restrictions.
If you live in Marshfield, you can buy a $30 sticker good all summer, and park in the lot around the corner from the espalanade. But non-residents pay $15 per day on weekends, leading some some to ditch the lot and park in front of the stores on Ocean Street.
That ended last year when the town imposed a two-hour limit wherever street parking is legal in beach areas. But many beach-goers decided to risk the $30 fine–so this year, those who overstay their welcome in any of Marshfield’s beach zones will be hit with a $50 ticket.
Selectmen recently approved the move on the recommendation of the police department. Beach-area residents can get placards for their cars exempting them from the two-hour limit.
Last season, Marshfield police wrote more than $20,000 worth of parking citations in a two-month period.