So the City of Galveston passed a plan to charge for parking along the seawall, and the GLO (State agency in charge of the beaches) rejected their plan because almost 75% of the revenue would have gone to the private company running the program. Go figure. So they cooked up a new plan with fake, "Estimated" numbers rather than the research-driven numbers they used before... and coincidentally, a much higher "Estimated" revenue. Hmmm. But bad as that is, that's not even the worst part of the plan. Per the article at Galveston Daily News this morning: "Parking will cost $1 per hour for up to 8 hours. Unlike downtown public parking, there will be no kiosks involved — just a phone and a credit card — because visitors will register their license plate numbers and pay for parking exclusively on a website. “That’s the only option you have — to enter your license number,” Maxwell said. Four Galveston police cruisers will be outfitted with Automatic License Plate Recognition equipment similar to the technology used to identify license plates on interstate highways, and can read plates even if the vehicles are parked end-to-end, Maxwell said. In addition to determining the parking status of each vehicle on the Seawall, police will also use the Automatic License Plate Recognition technology to see if there is an outstanding warrant on a vehicle, if the vehicle is stolen or an Amber Alert connected to the owner, he said. Police will use the same approach to ensure that seawall visitors don’t beat the system by parking for free in adjacent neighborhoods, Maxwell said. “What makes this system really great for neighborhood enforcement is that residents will register their license plates and the plates of their guests,” so police can identify and fine vehicles that do not belong, he said." Yeah, supply the government with the license plates of their vehicles, AND THEIR GUESTS. "Great".