'Grown Ups 2' set causing Swampscott parking problems
SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (WHDH) -- Hollywood is causing parking problems for one local town. Filming for “Grown Ups 2” is taking over more than 100 spots at Eisemen's Beach in Swampscott.
Some residents say they're frustrated and want Hollywood out of their town.
Some Swampscott residents are frustrated by parking problems at Eiseman's Beach caused by the filming of Adam Sandler's new flick.
"We’ve worked long and hard for the beaches and we worked long and hard to get the parking lot," said Vincent Laconte, a resident.
Swampscott officials are allowing movie makers to use space in Phillips Park and part of the neighboring beach parking lot as a temporary set for the movie that's set to shoot there until July 25. In exchange, the town will receive $175,000.
But long-time resident Vincent Laconte -- who helped secure the parking lot for beachgoers back in 1974 -- is upset by the town's actions.
"They should not have done it. They did it. What are you supposed to do, say go away Hollywood?" Laconte said.
Laconte is asking selectmen to make sure people who want to use the public beach can access it easily.
"I’m hoping they give us some parking closer," Laconte said.
Swampscott officials told 7News they are working on a solution.
"We have been working with Columbia Pictures to make sure there will be 30 to 40 parking spaces available in the beach parking lot in conjunction with the temporary “Grown Ups 2” movie site and that there will be continued access to the beach," said Thomas younger, Swampscott Town Administrator.
And while some residents are frustrated, some do believe that the summer shoot won't end up being a big issue.
“It’s temporary, number one. It’s a fun thing, it’s a wonderful thing and I think the town will work with it,” said Susan Garcelon, a resident.
Swampscott officials are also looking at other possibilities in the community for temporary beach parking spaces.