A referendum to allow a straw vote on paid parking along Seawall Boulevard in Galveston, Texas died after three City Council members abstained from voting.
Visitors to the popular seawall will pay up to $8 a day to park unless they have annual permits. The city's Park Board plans to place "pay and display" machines on the seawall. Three council members voted for the referendum, Mayor Bo Quiroga and two members abstained, and one was absent. The seawall was named an urban park in 1995 and the park board was given power to impose parking fees. Officials say the city needs the $600,000 annually for amenities, erosion repair and police patrols.