Beach parking raises $1.94M

A strong May start and a lively September finish to the summer beach season enabled the city of Gloucester to reel in close to $2 million in daily beach parking fees — nearly $180,000 more than in the prior year.

Gloucester - The $1.94 million netted in daily fees comes on top of other money funneled into the city’s coffers from Gloucester’s beaches: $1.42 million in revenues from resident and non-residents season stickers, and $65,000 from leases to vendors who run the concessions at Good Harbor and Wingaersheek.

But the jump in daily fee revenue — while falling short of the 2016 season, when daily revenues topped $2 million — indicates that the city drew more visitors than the previous year, when the daily parking fees brought in $1.76 million.

The figures, released Tuesday by city Auditor Kenny Costa, show that beachgoers paid $90,021 during May, the first days of the beach season, compared to just $14,090 in 2017, while September beach parking revenues netted $181,730, more than double the $83,493 the city took in the previous year. The figures cover parking at Good Harbor and Wingaersheek beaches and for the beaches at Stage Fort Park.

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