The in basket: Michael Hilt of Manchester writes,
“Evidently I need some clarification on the parking rules for the
city of Bremerton.
“With the completion of the downtown tunnel and the waterfront
park, the city has posted signs along First, Second, and Pacific
Streets advising this area is one-hour parking only. There
seems to be only one dedicated handicapped slot here, on Second
“However,” he said, “more than a dozen vehicles with handicapped
stickers (both blue and red – I don’t understand the difference)
routinely occupy spots along these streets all day.
“Most of the vehicles also have PSNS civilian access stickers on
the windshield indicating to me the vehicles belong to PSNS
civilian employees, thus conveniently giving them prime parking at
the front of the Bremerton Gate.
“This would seem to limit the availability of parking for
visitors who wish to tour the park and museum and those who wish to
shop in the downtown area.
“First, can those with handicapped parking stickers use a
dedicated one-hour spot all day? If so, this seems to be a
benefit not available to others who park downtown all day and are
forced to pay for all-day parking within the city.”
“Second, doesn’t PSNS offer parking, either on base or in one of
their off-base garages, for their handicapped employees?
“I think some PSNS workers have found they can take advantage of
the situation,” Michael said.
The out basket: It certainly seems that way. At noon on March
25, 16 spaces from Second Street to the ferry terminal were
occupied by cars with disabled placards hanging on their rear view
mirrors. That was about 50 percent of the available spaces in
that area. Many but not all had Department of Defense decals as
But, yes, those with disabled plates or placards can park
all day in spaces with time limits if there are no signs saying
otherwise. They also can park at parking meters without paying,
though I’m not sure there are any more parking meters in the
Lt. Pete Fisher of Bremerton police traffic says a city can
enact its own rules to modify the state or federal laws that allow
this, but he doesn’t believe Bremerton has done so.
It makes no difference that a car might also have apparent
access into the shipyard, he said.
The Navy does provide disabled parking spaces, says
Lt. Michelle D. Kibodeaux, assistant operations officer at
Naval Base Kitsap. ”
There are 15 spaces in the Navy’s parking garage in Bremerton,
125 spaces in Z lot , located across from Pier D, and 20 in F lot,
located outside Missouri gate. There are also several sporadic
disabled parking spaces located around the base, available
primarily to areas that support customer service and require a
disabled customer service space, she said. A Kitsap Access bus
provides trips to and from Z lot, the one inside the base.
She noted that presence of a DOD sticker doesn’t necessarily
confer parking privileges on base, or even necessarily identify
the car as that of a shipyard person, as it’s good on many
other bases as well.
Fellow Navy PAO Tom Danaher says the Navy doesn’t involved
itself in parking enforcement questions outside the base
I’ve never learned why state law (RCW 46.61.582 Free
parking for persons with disabilities) grants this kind of
exemption from normal parking time limits to those with the proper
plates and placards, but I hope to hear some comment on this blog
from advocates for the disabled as to why it’s
Maybe we’ll even hear from a shipyard worker or two about why
parking outside the fence is preferable when they can drive