City of Gloucester to Allow Limited Non-Resident Parking This Weekend

 “Summer Day at Good Harbor Beach”
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City of Gloucester to Allow Limited Non-Resident Parking This Weekend at Good Harbor and Wingaersheek Beaches; Stage Fort Park and Beaches Will Be Open to the Public
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Police Chief Edward Conley, Director of Public Works Michael Hale and Public Health Director Karin Carroll announced this morning that the City of Gloucester is reopening public beach parking lots at a reduced capacity to non-residents this upcoming weekend, July 25-26.
This weekend the parking lots at Good Harbor and Wingaersheek Beaches will be open to residents and a limited number of non-residents. Stage Fort Park and its beaches will be open to the public. Non-residents will be required to pay daily parking rates at the gate. Residents will be able to continue parking in these lots with either a 2019 or 2020 beach sticker, or a car registration and license with a Gloucester address if they are still waiting for their beach sticker.
For the remainder of the summer, the City of Gloucester will announce any parking restrictions for the coming weekend on the Wednesday prior. Real time parking updates will also be posted regularly to the Gloucester Beaches Facebook page run by the City at @gloubeaches.
The City’s announcement noted that on weekends the Good Harbor and Wingaersheek parking lots typically fill up by 9am and begin to reopen in the afternoon. While visitors wait to get into the beach parking lots, the City encourages people to enjoy all that Gloucester has to offer, including whale watches, fishing charters, museums, parks, restaurants, fresh seafood, artisans and more.
 “All of our public spaces are busier than ever this summer,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “Our beaches are beautiful, but there are so many other things to do in our great City. We love life here in Gloucester and know you will too. Join us for the day and dine in our amazing restaurants featuring the freshest fish and local fare, visit the historic Rocky Neck Art Colony, stroll down Main Street, enjoy shops, cafes and galleries in every neighborhood throughout the City, go on a whale watch, sail, or visit our museums.”
 “We will be closely monitoring parking violations in the City for the remainder of the summer, and it’s essential that everyone continues to follow any future limitations the City may place on the public parking lots or on residential street parking near public spaces,” Chief Conley said. “Thank you to everyone for your continued patience and understanding.”
The City will have increased police patrols on the beaches for the remainder of the summer and Beach Rangers will also be present each weekend at Stage Fort Park and Gloucester beaches.
To read the entire announcement, including the city’s COVID-19 beach management protocols please click here.

City of Gloucester 2020 Beach Parking Stickers –Required as of Aug. 1 for resident access to Stage Fort Park and beach lots –In person processing suspended –Next day pick up available for those who note that on application

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GLOUCESTER, MA – Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken today announced that 2020 beach parking stickers will be required for resident access into Stage Fort Park and beach lots as of Saturday, August 1.

Since the beginning of the season, and through July 31, resident parking has been available with a 2019 beach parking sticker or license and motor vehicle registration showing a Gloucester address.

Beach sticker applications are available for download on the City’s website by clicking on the “Beach Info” link on the home page and then “Beach Sticker Application.” Applications are also available outside the Warren Street entrance at Gloucester City Hall.

Completed applications should be mailed to Gloucester City Hall, PO Box 61, Gloucester, MA 01931 or deposited in one of the drop boxes at the Warren Street entrance at Gloucester City Hall.

Beach parking stickers will not be available for same day purchase.   However, stickers are now available for in-person pick-up by 2 p.m. the next afternoon.  Residents who prefer next day pick up must note that on their application.  Applications received with no note will be processed and the beach parking sticker will be mailed out.

Applicants are encouraged to read the instructions carefully and be sure to include all supporting documentation.  Any missing documentation could result in delay of processing.  Any questions regarding sticker eligibility or application status can be made by emailing bsticker@gloucester-ma.gov or calling 978-281-9708. All sticker purchases are final.  No refunds will be issued.

 

LobsterFest at Seaport Grille Every Wednesday!

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Summer is here at Seaport Grille with LobsterFest!  Every Wednesday for Lunch & Dinner we’ll have Steamed and Baked Stuffed Lobster Specials. All served with Corn on the Cob and Coleslaw!

Steamed Lobster Prices:
Single – $12.95
Twins – $22.95
2LB – $45.00
5LB – $70.00

Baked Stuffed Lobsters:
Single – $21.95
Twins – $31.95
2LB – $55.00
5LB – $80.00

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Signs of the times creative families: Long Beach chairs drive-in movies plus giant beach jenga #CapeAnnCovid #outdoorfun

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What movie would you play?

Scenes from a beautiful summer evening on Long Beach July 21, 2020.

Beach Parking Update for July 26-27

Beach parking this weekend in Gloucester will be open to the public at Stage Fort Park and residents plus a limited number of non residents at Good Harbor Beach and Wingaersheek.  Parking rates and sticker policies remain in effect, though 2019 Gloucester beach stickers will be honored only through the end of July.

Parking restrictions for the upcoming weekends will be announced on the prior Wednesday. Updates will also be posted on Gloucester Beaches. 

Quiet fog at Good Harbor recently:

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Visitors Center To Open This Week

Another encouraging sign is that the Gloucester Visitors Center at Stage Fort Park is set to reopen this week. This follows reconstruction of the porch/deck that was recently completed. Boy, it’s gorgeous! Wonderful job. Take a walk up there just to admire the view! Center open Thursday through Monday 9-3. Stop by and say hi to the volunteers. Safety protocols in place right alongside local information. Special shout out to Carol Mondello for her efforts to get the place ready and safe for use!!

Sicilan singer Sissy Castrogiovanni Recording on Halfmoon Beach!

All I can say is that sometimes you just happen to kayak to the right place at the right time!  Early this morning as I’m paddling into Half Moon Beach, I hear this angelic voice singing in Sicilian, che bella voce!  There’s a team with her recording. Of course I have to go over and say buon giorno.
Turns out it’s Boston’s own Sicilian-born Sissy Castrogiovanni, Italian award-winning jazz singer and composer, recording today on the beach since sunrise!
Her first album, “Intra Lu Munnu” as well as her latest, “Terra”, are available on Spotify and are beautifully sung in her Sicilian dialect. Of course she loves Gloucester!  You can also check her out  at sissycastrogiovanni.com.  So happy to have met her and her video team Francesco and Luigi, as they were finishing up and before they took off for Caffe Sicilia🇮🇹
Ciao ciao

Cat Cavallini

New Businesses on Cape Ann

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Over the past several weeks the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has welcomed many new businesses to the Cape Ann business community. CVS Pharmacy’s new location at Gloucester Crossing, Cleod Glassworks and Sea & Cellar in Rockport, Shackteau Interiors in Magnolia, and just last week we welcomed Happy Valley to Blackburn Center with a ribbon cutting at their grand opening. With more businesses opening on Cape Ann in the coming weeks, we could not be prouder of the perseverance our community has shown. We look forward to working together as a community and ensure that Cape Ann and our broader North Shore neighbors rebuild and emerge even stronger.

CVS Pharmacy is located at 401 Gloucester Crossing Road in Gloucester. Photo Courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Shackteau Interiors is located at 15 Lexington Ave. #1 in Magnolia. Photo Courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Cleod Glassworks…

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