Glitch causes temporary issue for Gloucester beach parking passes

GLOUCESTER — The new reservation program for the Gloucester General public Shorelines is leaving some beachgoers bewildered and annoyed. A glitch in the method on Thursday caused them to oversell tickets but the good thing is, almost everything was cleared up for Friday. 

“They had been unavailable this morning and final night but we booked it a few times ago,” Kelly Parish informed WBZ-Tv. 

She’s from Florida in which they really don’t have to reserve areas at beach locations. And thought it was a weird process. 

“I you should not like it. I will not like it. I experience like it is really unusual for such a tiny area,” she defined. 

Last year it was initial-arrive, initial-serve but this calendar year the metropolis modified to an on the internet reservation process. Typically, on a warm working day like Friday, the parking good deal would be comprehensive presently. But since of the on-line reservation program, men and women can show up when they want for their location, leaving seemingly empty spots. And the metropolis doesn’t resell places right after individuals go away. 

“I wouldn’t brain it if another person who came up later in the day, probably would not have anything at all to do and would not head a later on seaside day, if they marketed it. If I am leaving another person else could as very well love the beach front,” regular Gloucester seaside goer, Maddi Dube mentioned. 

But over-all, Maddi and her mom Jodie like the new method. They stated it designed for an effortless day, where they could sleep in just before going to the beach front. 

“Prior to if you didn’t get below by 7:00 a.m. or 7:30 a.m. you weren’t obtaining in,” Maddi reported. At the time, in a past 12 months, they drove an hour to get to the seashore and have been the previous car or truck permit in, at 6:45 a.m..

“Now at the very least if you get a place you are certain to get in listed here,” Maddi’s mother, Julie explained. 

But it has demonstrated to be an challenge for not only individuals who display up devoid of a reservation and see an empty lot which is technically offered out, but also for the concession stand operators.

“This 12 months parking has been difficult since they switched it which I understand is very best for the neighbors, the towns, and everybody else without the strains,” concession stand operator, Robert Lemos told WBZ-TC.

The new procedure has built it more difficult for enterprise for the reason that it limitations how a lot of individuals from out-of-town can arrive to the beach front in a day. He claimed during the 4th of July, he only designed 25% of what he commonly does. 

“If this parking ton was filled by 5 minutes to 9:00 a.m. you would come to the seaside and have your cooler, but by noon you have previously long gone through your stuff, you are up coming to get something,” he spelled out. 

We tried using to get a person from the Gloucester Community Performs Department to reveal the confusion about the reservation program, but no a single was out there to discuss. 

For each Robert and seaside goers, they explained to us what would clear up the confusion is just some regularity and communication.