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New regulation puts the squeeze on Lemon Lot abuse

By Lance Cpl. Daniel Boothe | | April 30, 2010

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Camp Pendleton officials recently issued a new directive regulating the use of the base’s Resale Lot, due to a rising number of illegally parked, stored and commercially sold vehicles.

BaseGram 21-10 now addresses the rising concerns and provides guidelines for patrons wanting to use the area to display their privately owned vehicles for resale.

“There have been multiple instances of abuse of the Resale Lot,” said Joe A. Grabman, assistant services officer, Support Services Division, Provost Marshal’s Office, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “The Resale Lot is a privilege meant for authorized patrons only, with the sole purpose of selling privately owned vehicles.”

On April 26, the Provost Marshal’s Office reported a total of 23 illegally parked vehicles that may be towed at the owner’s expense.

“One of our most significant issues is illegal parking on the Resale Lot,” said Grabman, who has spent the last 25 years serving as a military police officer. “Prior registration with the Police Records section is mandatory and once an individual is assigned a parking space, they can only park in that assigned spot,” said Grabman.

Base PMO officials report an estimated 90 Resale Lot registrations every month and more than 1,000 total annual registrations over the past three years.

Use of the lot is only authorized to active duty service members, reservists on active duty, family members, military retirees, and base civil service employees.

Items are allowed to be stored on the Resale Lot for 60 days within a 365-day period. These items include passenger vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and trailers.
The new directive also strictly prohibits any commercial use or selling of multiple vehicles for profit as a business or source of income.

Vehicles parked at the Resale Lot will also be towed at the owner’s expense if the vehicle has: expired state, base, or lot registration; no insurance; been parked in the lane of travel, off the pavement, or deemed a safety hazard; or any other towable offense outlined in the BaseGram.

Anyone can purchase a vehicle from an authorized user of the Resale Lot, with the knowledge that any transaction conducted on the lot is solely between the two parties involved.

“Persons who do not comply with the provisions of BaseGram 21-10 may have their vehicle towed off base (by a civilian wrecker) at registered owner's expense,” emphasized Grabman.

For additional information regarding the new BaseGram or the base’s Resale Lot, contact Camp Pendleton’s Police Records located in Building 1523, or call  (760) 725-0819.


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