JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- From metered spots to gated lots, proposals are on the table to fix the parking problem in Jacksonville Beach.
"Parkinghas definitely been an issue here at the beach," said Garrett Carmichael.
Carmichael has lived in Jacksonville beach for 12 years and says he's seen little progress on the congestion.
"It gets a little bit out of hand. There's not really many places to park if you go south of Jacksonville beach and it's the same if you head the other way," he said.
Action News is getting the first look at the proposals to fix the problem. There are four potential solutions City Council will mull over: going with a parking management company, which is what they do now on the weekends; have a system with cashiers in a booth; multi-space meters; or Councilman Phil Vogelsang's submission involving an automated gate.
"Part of that would be a pass that residents, Jax Beach and Jacksonville residents, can buy -- a pass to where they can scan when they pull in and scan when they exit so they wouldn't be able to pay to park and that comes with a price," he said.
But folks who live at the beach said they don't feel like they should have to pay to park in their own back yard.
"I'd definitely be frustrated if I wanted to just come surf the pier and had to pay every time I did it," Carmichael said.
Vogelsang said the solutions are not cheap -- most range from $300,000-$400,000. He believes they'll pay off down the road.
"I think part of the revenues we get from it, it would pay for itself in a year or two," he said.
A workshop starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at which council members will discuss the options.