For years, parking in New Bedford's downtown has been free on Saturdays. It looks like that will soon change.

A letter from the City's Parking Clerk Scott Downing, dated May 4, indicates the City will soon enforce parking regulations for downtown parking meters on Saturday beginning June 4.


The letter is circulating social media. City Councillor at Large Ian Abreu says the Council was not made aware of it, and he found out through Facebook. "There was no official memo from the Mayor's Office to us (the Council) about this," says Abreu. "We're as confused as everyone else in the city."

Abreu says he was immediately taken aback when he read the letter. "This is probably as anti-business and anti-economic development as you can get."

Abreu says the City Council will be addressing the issue as soon as they can.

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