Elbow At Christmas: Police Warn They Will Ticket

December 24, 2013

The police have warned that they will ticket, and possibly tow, vehicles that are illegally parked in the Elbow Beach area on Christmas Day.

Elbow Beach traditionally plays host to a large crowd of people each year who attend the informal beach gathering to celebrate the holiday season.

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police are aware that in recent years Elbow Beach has become a popular meeting ground during Christmas day.

“This has created somewhat of a parking nightmare as some individuals have parked their cycles and cars illegally at the public entrance to the beach as well as in the roadway thus causing traffic hazards in the area and blocking emergency vehicles.

“We would like to advise the public that vehicles will be ticketed and also you also run the risk of having your vehicles towed.

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  1. cole says:

    Why not help people park safely and facilitate the celebration, and not punish those enjoying a decades old popular event know around the world?

    • Lebron says:

      Exactly, pathetic BPS, consider this your worst PR of the year.

      Terrible at catching gang members, fantastic at catching Christmas spirit and squashing it.

    • Sign Up says:

      Read the whole statement. Due to the large numbers, the illegal parking creates a safety hazard to the main carriageway, and obstructs emergency vehicles from gaining access to the beach.

      Stop thinking about self and think outside the box. What if someone has a medical emergency on site and EMT’s are unable to reach them in time due to obstructions. Or how about some poor rider clipping one of those vehicles parked up on the sidewalk.

      This isn’t about spoiling peoples enjoyment, it’s about preventive measures to enhance safety, so that all can enjoy the festivities.

      • Lebron says:

        Wow, you really have swallowed the whole health and safety handbook. We are talking about people parking on grass verges, not blocking the road, causing people to die.

        I’m glad I’m not coming to Christmas at your house.

        And you said “think outside the box”. Unforgivable, even at Christmas.

      • cole says:

        Right, the police should facilitate the event so that it is safe, not wait until there is a problem and then punish people for doing the same silly things each year. They obviously know it is popular and needs some oversight.

    • frank says:

      have fun does not give them the right to park illecally on a yellow line on that road

    • Ole says:

      Why not obey the law and well, obey the LAW….

  2. Bermuda boy says:

    Have it at horseshoe bay, no brainer.

    • Trish Dill says:

      I agree with Bermuda boy. Change the venue. There’s no real place to park at Elbow for such a big event.

  3. Winnie Dread says:

    I concur Cole, thats the solution right there? Oh well PoPo aka Grinch.

  4. TSOL says:

    One day of the year and the police are on it. Yet how many people park illegally every Sunday outside various churches year round and don’t get any tickets? Well we all know the difference

    • Lebron says:

      Damn those expats, adding nothing to Bermuda, leeches all of them. Send them back to New York.

      • Ole says:

        Dude, you are so very lame……park legally and stfu or yes, go back to NY…

        • Lebron says:

          I’m Bermudian, it was irony.

          The point I was making since I obviously need to explain it was that if we keep picking on expats, they leave and so does the insurance industry. Which means we are left with tourism, hmmm.

          So there you go, shame I had to explain it though, tends to lessen the effect.

    • Sign Up says:

      Do you actually have stats to support your statement that xmas is the one day of the year Police are “on it”. Or was this just another opportunity to bash the Police for the sake of bashing.

      Do you even realize how many persons are put before the courts on a week to week basis, for a wide range of offences. I suggest you sit in court one day, it’s open to the public. Afterwards you can reflect on your statement and consider whether it was fair, or justified.

  5. Marie says:

    Most importantly at what time is the event?

    • Baltic Fury says:

      It starts whenever the police can get there. After all, it’s about them.

  6. Terry says:

    Merry Christmas Bermuda.

  7. Really? says:

    Yet it’s okay to park illegally all of cupmatch……?

    • Lebron says:

      Yeah, but those people own this land.

      • Sandy Bottom says:

        Ah. Now we see who thinks they are above the law.

      • TT says:

        Lebron… Way to make it clear that Bermudians do have a sense of entitlement… which we try and try again to prove we don’t. Thanks for giving the rest of us a bad name. Funny how the ones who normally complain about the expats, are people who contribute absolutely nothing to our economy or way of thinking…

  8. Park at the college says:

    Drop off supplies and folks at elbow beach then park at the Bermuda college and take slow walk back to beach. Therefore no tickets.

    • Common Sense says:

      “Park at the College” has provided a brilliant solution to the annual problem of congestion around Elbow Beach on Christmas Day. Drop off your passengers and your supplies, then have someone drive your car around the the College where there is masses of parking.

      Perhaps the Police could take positive action and have an officer at the entrance to Elbow Beach Tribe Road recommending parking at the Bermuda College. Our Canadian friends would far rather walk a few hundred yards than receive a $50 ticket!

      Merry Christmas everyone.

  9. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    Quit ya moaning,ya like a pack of old f@rt$ that have nothing better to do than moan about something you know sod all about.

    • Hungy Hippo says:

      This is the truth right here; it’s Christmas and all these grumpy people have nothing better to do than complain, complain, complain.

  10. Brenda Correia says:

    @Nuffin but da……right on….but, there will still be loads of ticketting going on…..some feel…they are above the law…win some, lose some! “We have been warned”

  11. Shango says:

    Why is this so contentious every year? The police have advised they will ticket, and why. The people who choose to gather at Elbow Beach on Christmas day have chosen a location that does not accommodate large numbers for parking. However, its not like this community of like-minded individuals is without brains to move to a different location with better parking, or without the resources to organize a shuttle service from a larger parking area like Bermuda college as someone else mentioned. They’ve had a year to plan this since the last time they were advised and ticketed. Deal with the situation or accept the consequences (you know, like all the anti-Bermuda crowd on these forums like to harp on Bermudians about).

  12. terry says:

    Correct Shango.

  13. Triangle Drifter says:

    Move the location. What is the big deal? There is Horseshoe or Warwick Long Bay.

    Of course Elbow Beach could get creative & charge for parking on their property. $5 a vehicle seems to be standard for events that I have been to overseas. Bermudianize that figure & $10 looks about right. Better still, donate some of the money to charity. Beats paying parking tickets.

  14. lifetime says:

    Aint it sposed 2 rain 2ma? Lol.

  15. BermudaGirl says:

    Run some extra buses on South Shore Road? Merry Merry to all!

  16. swing voter says:

    Park where ever you want, our govment can use the extra cash the feed the bloated over paid under utilized BPS

  17. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    Yellow Brick Road

  18. PAGET says:

    With better planing you can access the beach through coco reef. Its a 1 minute walk from stonington campus to beach.

  19. James Herald says:

    If you people know you are going to get ticketed then either pay up or walk there. Stop fricken complaining.

  20. James S says:

    Why Coral Beach doesn’t open the big white gates and charge people $5 each to park is a mystery to me.
    Maybe the new owners will capitalize on this next year. Meanwhile every Saturday and other evenings cars are double parke all the way down the road by the netball courts and noody ever gets a ticket. I wonder why?