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Westport to start enforcing new downtown parking limits

Samantha Sandrew ’25
Parking limits begin in the spring, restricting cars from remaining downtown for more than three hours during 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

New downtown parking rules will limit residents from parking longer than three hours from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

This change will affect 500 parking spaces, mostly in the Parker Harding Plaza parking lot. However, another 800 public spots will not have limits, including those at Imperial and Baldwin lots. The change was supposed to come this fall, but, according to CT Insider, there were delays regarding ordering the signs. Merchants prefer this regulation instead of a one to two hour parking limit that existed before Covid.

“When COVID hit, we suspended parking limits, that was always going to be a temporary suspension,” Town Hall operations director, Tom Kiely said, “And when we brought it back, they [ the merchants] were not happy with the fact that some of the spots were either one or two hour parking. So they asked that we, if we would consider, increasing the time limits.”

 The Westport Police will use TickeTrak, an app that tracks how long a car is parked and reads license plates, according to the Hour. The deal is still subject to review by the Town Attorney, Ira Bloom

There’s a lot of retail space in that area, and we want to encourage turnover, so that everyone can come in and hopefully access available parking.”

— Tom Kiely

“This system will essentially be a license plate reader (LPR) attached to a marked parking enforcement vehicle and it will automatically capture the time a vehicle is parked and will alert when they are over the time limit,” Administrative Lieutenant of the Westport Police Department Eric Woods said.

The new parking limits are also designed to help local businesses, as it will increase turnover in the spaces, leading to more people being able to park and visit the downtown businesses. 

“There’s a lot of retail space in that area,” Kiely said, “and we want to encourage turnover, so that everyone can come in and hopefully access available parking.”

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Matthew Stashower ’25, Paper Sports Editor
Paper Sports Editor, Matthew Stashower ’25 has been interested in journalism and sports for as long as he can remember. A loyal Yankees fan, Stashower’s passion for sports was ignited by watching baseball with his dad. In combining two of his greatest interests, Stashower became involved with journalism to foster his love for sports. “I remember doing journalism in elementary school which sparked the interest, then in middle school I joined Ursus and wrote a lot of sports articles,” Stashower said. Stashower knew he wanted to continue pursuing journalism and immediately enrolled in Intro to Journalism, kick-starting his Inklings career. 
Samantha Sandrew ’25, Associate Web Managing Editor
Samantha Sandrew ’25, Inklings associate web managing editor, held three summer jobs in the past. But this summer, she took only one: checking beach passes, and Sandrew claims it was the most interesting job she’s had so far.  “Having a job without a lot of stress allowed me to think about moving forward through my upcoming junior year,” Sandrew said.  While she was initially influenced by her older sibling to join Inklings, Sandrew quickly ended up developing a deeper passion for Advanced Journalism.  “It was something that I was good at,” Sandrew said, “and it became one of my happy places as a freshman.”

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