by Lisa Tome
Maybe the out of towners just aren't accustomed to Charlestown's parking permit system yet.
But one thing that's certain, only one person has gotten one for 2015 since they became available in November.
"They'll be in when they start getting tickets," said Charlestown Clerk Debra Myers.
For the second year, everyone who parks in Charlestown has to have a parking permit displayed in their vehicle. These are subject to being checked when using the town's parks, playgrounds, fishing and boating piers and beaches. Resident and property owner permits are free, never expire and are available at town hall.
Non-resident permits are available at a cost of $50 per year.
Failure to display a valid permit could result in your vehicle being towed. Charlestown contracts with Chesapeake Service Center which is authorized to impound vehicles.
Last year, a total of 59 parking citations were issued in Charlestown for various infractions including failure to display the sticker.
Parking areas that have been designated are Areas #1 and 2 are Market Street across from town hall and Bladen Street west of St. John's Church. Those areas are for church, post office, and town hall parking only. Area #3 will be the wets side of Fair Green Park and will require permits. There will be no parking in areas 4, 5, and 6, which will be the lower lot bounded by Bladen and Conestoga streets, and Black Avenue. The entrance to Foot Log Park and Town Point Park will also be no parking areas.
Area 7, the south side of Town Point Park will be for permit parking. Area 8, the Veterans Park Boat Staging area will be a loading zone. Area 9 will be Veterans Park beach parking on water street and permits will be required.
Permits will be required in Areas 10 (Water Street across from the Wellwood) and Area 11 (Town Boat Pier Parking). Open parking will be available at the end of Water Street.