By Michael P. Walsh
Special to the Voice
Motorists are once again reminded about the city’s beach parking policy.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting the capacity of beach lots, parking is for West Haven residents only until further notice.
The city’s new beach stickers are only valid if affixed to the inside lower left corner of the vehicle’s windshield. Stickers are required at all times, regardless if parking lots are staffed, said Mark E. Paine Jr., the director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Violators are subject to a $100 fine, Paine said.
All parking meters are out of service until further notice.
According to Paine, parking lot constables may not accept parking fees or check driver’s licenses or motor vehicle registrations.
West Haven residents who own their vehicles and are current on their motor vehicle taxes should have received the 2020-22 beach stickers in the mail with their tax bills. Those who lease their vehicles should have also received the stickers in a separate mailing.
Delinquent taxpayers are not eligible for the free stickers, which expire June 30, 2022, until their motor vehicle taxes are paid, city officials said.
Beach stickers are for new, leased and military-exempt vehicles, including motorcycles. A “new” vehicle means it was registered in West Haven after Oct. 1, 2019. Commercial vehicles are excluded.
Each sticker includes the vehicle’s license plate number printed on it and is nontransferable.
Anyone who did not receive a beach sticker or has recently purchased a new vehicle registered in West Haven can contact the tax office at (203) 937-3525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For beach sticker information, call the tax office at 203-937-3525.