Beachgoers weigh in after Hampton announces parking attendant positions
HAMPTON - Frank Libby was grabbing some fries with his children Tuesday afternoon when he found out changes will be made in how parking is monitored in Hampton.
The town is adding five new parking attendants, who will work for the police department.
They will focus their efforts on Hampton and North Beaches, which are packed at this time of year.
Libby, who is from Massachusetts, said he would be upset if he saw a ticket on his vehicle if he was just a few minutes late paying the meter, but said - overall - the prices Hampton charges are reasonable.
"When we come up here I feel like we get a parking spot, and the payment we make is very fair," Libby said.
His family travels to Hampton approximately twice a month in the summer.
A group of young Massachusetts women tanning on the beach said they would be really upset if they woke up from their naps a few minutes late, just to find a ticket on their vehicle.
"I would be so mad," one of the women said. "I would probably fight it."
Timothy Kang, also of Massachusetts, said he would also be frustrated if he was ticketed by a parking attendant, and discovered he was only a few minutes late.
"I wouldn't like that," he said.
Locals who spoke with NH1 News said they find a way around the $2 per hour parking charge by parking further away from crowded areas and walking to their favorite hotspots.
The first new attendant is expected to start working next Monday.
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