Seventy six (76) vehicles were towed last night in Portland following the declaration of the first parking ban of the season at 10:00 pm. Vehicles left on Portland streets were towed to the Ocean Gateway Parking Lot on the waterfront where they remain until retrieved by owners. For more information, please call 774-3025. All outstanding parking tickets plus a towing fee must be paid before the cars will be released. The towing fee is $135.00. The Lot is open until 7:00 pm to get your vehicle released!
The Ocean Gateway Parking Lot is open Saturday, December 19 from 7:00 am until 10:00 am. After that anyone trying to retrieve a car will have to go to the Portland Police Department on Middle Street to pay up before getting the car back.
If that doesn’t work for you, you will have to wait until next week to get your car released from the city. Check with the Parking Division at city hall, Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm to get a car released from captivity.
Other city phone numbers that may offer useful information are: Public Works Customer Service: 207 874-8493. Public Ban Hotline: 207 879-0300.
A Yellow Zone Parking Ban has been declared beginning tonight. Friday, December 18 through Saturday December 19th. The ban begins tonight at 10:00 pm and ends at 6:00 am tomorrow morning.
Vehicles left on city streets within the Yellow Zone after 10:00 pm can be towed at the owner’s expense to the Ocean Gateway Parking Lot. The Yellow Zone snow ban is used to allow crews to perform snow hauling following major snow storms as it is important to clear the narrow downtown streets. The Yellow Zone includes the downtown district bordered by Cumberland Avenue, Franklin Street, Commercial Street and State Street.
This morning Exchange Street was in desperate need of more plowing because no parking could happen on the left side of the Street where snow banks were piled high. Some store personnel were out shoveling their sidewalks and steps to facilitate entry to the store.
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