This press release comes from the City of Sausalito:
The City of Sausalito will continue to place restrictions on parking in the downtown area based on the number of people who continue to visit the city in violation of the provisions of the Public Health Order (PHO) that bans non-essential travel. This unlawful behavior endangers everyone in our community as well as endangering those who choose to violate the Stay-at-Home orders.
We are asking people to please stay at home in their own community unless engaged in allowable essential travel or business. Electronic message boards have been placed at either end of Bridgeway and the Spencer to alert motorists about the closure of the downtown parking lots weekends and holidays, and that through traffic should be restricted to essential travel and business only.
Municipal Parking Lots #1-4 in downtown Sausalito will be closed to all vehicles on weekends and holidays. Signs will be posted at the parking lot entrances and no vehicle access wi ll be permitted beginning at 7:00 AM Saturday until 9:00 PM Sunday. Vehicles found parking in these lots during closures will be subject to citation. Downtown Municipal Parking Lots will continue to operate normally Monday through Friday, except holidays, to accommodate allowed essential travel and business.
During the Municipal Lot closures Sausalito residents, downtown merchants, and their employees should park in metered spaces on the street with their parking permits displayed on the rear bumper or their parking card displaced on the vehicle’s dashboard.
There are no additional types of permits being issued or required during this closure. Until the restriction is lifted residents, merchants and employees displaying valid permits and parking cards will not be required pay the parking meter and may park in excess of the posted 3-hour time limits. Short-term use of a metered parking space will be allowed in order to accommodate essential travel, such as pic king up a to-go food order from a downtown restaurant.
In response to vehicles parking illegally in restricted residential areas throughout the city, the police department will be resuming regular enforcement for violators in those areas.
This weekend you will see Ambassadors from Sausalito Bike Return (SBR) stationed downtown. Their mission is to assist in educating people of the PHO requirements while in Sausalito.
The Sausalito Police Department wants to remind people that the PHO in each county will vary. If you travel from one county to another you are required to operate under the PHO of the county that you are in.
The Sausalito Police Department will cite for non-essential travel and safe-distancing violations. Violators will no longer be warned but instead will be issued citations that carry a fine of $500.00.
Please remember that complying with public health orders can help keep everyone safe. We can all do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by sheltering at home as much as possible and wearing face coverings when we are out in public. Stay close to your own neighborhood for fresh air and sunshine, and only use your car for essential activities, such as grocery shopping.
For information on the parking programs available in Sausalito to residents and merchants, please refer to the City’s parking page at https://www.sausalito.gov/departments/police-department/parking. The parking office is currently closed to the public. All parking correspondence should be done via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (415-289-4116) and links provided on the parking webpage.
Please contact Lieutenant Stacie Gregory with questions at email@example.com.