By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,661)
A city-wide parking ban for the City of Portland has been declared beginning at 10:00 pm tonight, December 17 and ending at 6:00 am tomorrow December 18th. The parking ban has been declared so that Public Services crews can continue to clear and remove existing and forecasted snow.
Vehicles left on the street during a ban will be towed at the owner’s expense (tow fee – $85, impound fee – $35, ticket cost – $30 and all outstanding tickets must be paid. Vehicles not claimed within 24 hours will be charged $25. storage fee per day). Vehicles will be towed to the city’s impound lot located at the ocean Gateway International Marine Terminal at 40 Commercial Street (phone number tow company lots and storage fees of $25. per day will accrue. There is an additional $25 after hours fee for vehicles picked up between 7 pm and 7 am.
There are a number of places people can park at no charge during a parking ban including: Cutter Street lots (off the Eastern Prom), Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot, and Hadlock Field parking lot. Many parking garages in the area are open for parking bans at reduced rates.
Vehicles can begin to park in these designated areas at 5 pm tonight. Due to storm information at this time, vehicles must be moved from city lots by 7 am tomorrow. Wednesday, December 18th.
Residents and visitors to the city can sign up online at www.portlandmaine.gov to receive email notices from the city when a city-wide parking ban is implemented. Please call the parking ban hotline at 879-0300 or check the Time and Temperature sign for up-to-date postings.