Staff Report for Island Eye News
As of May 1, 2018, the parking fee in the Municipal Parking Lots, located on Pavilion Drive, will change from a flat daily rate of $8 on weekdays and $10 on the weekends and holidays to $1.00 per hour. The City lots are operational between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
“It is a positive step forward for the City to encourage daytime visitors to park in the Front Beach commercial district by making it more affordable and accessible for all,” said Mayor Carroll. “Visitors can pay to park in the City lots and head down to the beach for the day, or pay to park for a couple of hours while they enjoy one of our great restaurants or shop in our unique stores.” Residents with a City issued Resident Parking Permit or a Wild Dunes Resident decal on their vehicles can park in the Municipal Lots anytime free of charge.
Handicap parking is available in the small Municipal Parking Lot behind the Public Safety Building at no charge for vehicles displaying the appropriate license plate or placard. Disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart are also exempt from the pay parking requirements when their vehicles bear a disabled veteran’s or Purple Heart license plate issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The new fee structure only applies to paid parking in the Municipal Parking Lots. Metered parking on Ocean Boulevard near Front Beach between 10th and 14th Avenues will remain at $1.50 per hour.
Parking in violation of any regulation related to paid parking spaces, parking pay stations or kiosks along the public streets or in the public parking lots will result in a $25.00 fine.