While there are a number of protected species and wetlands in Charlestown, what may soon be scarce in that town is parking for visitors.
The crackdown on parking is underway.
Those who live in Charlestown will soon have permits which allow them to use the town facilities and park on the streets.
Those who visit the town, will have to pay for theirs.
"We're diligently working on permit parking starting January 1. We've contracted with Chesapeake Service Center as our towing company. We will have an electronic gate on the boat ramp. Everyone (who lives) in Charlestown will get resident parking permit passes," said Charlestown town administrator Wib Pumpaly.
Pumpaly said although the number isn't set in stone, those non residents who want to use the town boat ramp and want to park their boat trailer, will now have to pay up. The current number is $100 per year. That fee amount is subject to change.
"The citizens have no place to park. People come here from Philadelphia, Wilmington, and from all over. We want to preserve parking and the boat ramp for the town citizens," said Pumpaly.
Last week, town officials worked on establishing parking areas in the town. The permit passes have also been designed and have been fine tuned.
By mid-March, all street signs will be installed and letters will go out to residents. All property owners will receive the letters.
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 west side of Fair Freen 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.