No free parking as Mardi Gras begins in Galveston

Mardi Gras celebrations kick off this weekend on Galveston Island
February 21, 2014 5:27:03 PM PST
Mardi Gras in Galveston begins this weekend, but there will be no free parking despite pleas from business owners.

The Galveston City Council has decided to charge for parking along the Seawall during Mardi Gras. The pay-to-park program was started six months ago, but implementing the program was expensive and so far it has created a $300,000 shortfall.

When businesses asked the city to waive parking fees during Mardi Gras, city leaders said the city would be missing out on a chance to collect revenue for an event that drains resources.

So the city council has decided to leave the parking fees intact. They also decided to allow overnight parking, which is normally prohibited.

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