REVERE (CBS) — Visitors at Revere Beach will soon have to pay for parking. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced there will be rolling lane closures along Revere Beach Boulevard from Eliot Circle to Carey Circle so parking meters can be installed.
Closures began on Monday and will continue from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. until April 23. One lane of traffic will stay open.READ MORE: Mother, Man Arrested In Investigation Into Missing New Hampshire 5-Year-Old Elijah Lewis
Payment at 1,075 spaces regulated by the solar-powered meters will be required starting on May 1. It will cost visitors $1.25 an hour to park, which they can pay using coins, pay-by-plate, credit card, or an app on their smart phone.READ MORE: 'My Daughter Doesn't Feel Safe': Parents, Teachers Raise Concerns About Violence At Lawrence High School
“A lot of people enjoy these beaches and parking used to be readily available but all these buildings went up and parking is already shrinking and now having to pay for it, it’s tough, ” said visitor Douglas Ferreria.
Michael Jalowick of Revere said, “It is what it is. They need to make money. Everybody needs to make money.”MORE NEWS: How Colin Powell Made An Impact In Massachusetts
Revere Beach was the first public beach in the country.