East Haven increases beach parking fines ahead of 2015 season

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EAST HAVEN – Beach goers in East Haven can expect to pay a hefty fine this summer if they park illegally. The town announced Tuesday it has approved an ordinance imposing a fine of $100 for those who violate parking regulations at the beach and across town. That’s up from just $10.

Mayor Joe Maturo says he hopes the fine will significantly cut down on the “parking woes” at the beach during the summer months. Many residents complain that people park all over their streets, especially on Cosey Beach Ave.

“In response to concerns raised by residents, I directed our Police Commission to review and amend the regulations regarding beach parking.  In addition to strategically relocating no-parking signs, the Commission and Town Council have now increased the fine for parking in designated no-parking zones from $10 dollars to $100 dollars,” Maturo said.

In 2014, police officers wrote so many parking tickets that they actually ran out of ticket books, according to Maturo. He’s hoping that by moving signs and increasing the fines, people will stop violating the parking regulations.

“We listened to the residents at the shore and have taken concrete steps to curb the parking woes at the beach during the summer months.  In addition to vigorously enforcing our new parking ordinance, we’ll be closely scrutinizing the use of Town-issued parking passes to ensure they’re issued and used properly and fairly,” Maturo said.