JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Beach goers could soon have to pay at all-city owned parking lots in Jacksonville Beach, north of Beach Boulevard.
Tonight, Jacksonville Beach city council members will discuss new additions to the current paid parking program.
Action News Jax spoke to beach goers about this proposed addition.
“I think that given all things considered, it’s a very good idea. It would increase the revenue for the city,” Beth Zagoria said.
“I really don’t agree with it, I think you should be able to come to the beach for free and be able to enjoy something that’s rather inexpensive.” Carlos Dowcer said.
According to the city, the current ordinance was passed many years ago and it was designed to provide uniformity of cost and enforcement of fees and rates charged to the general public to park their car.
This includes all city owned parking spaces, stalls, lots, garages, or decks where such fees and rates are required to be paid.
On Monday night, city council members will review three new proposed lots.
The first one will be on 2nd Avenue North, the second one at 6th Avenue North and the third at end of 6th Avenue North Street between Margaritaville and Casa Marina Hotels.
The fees would be remaining the same, charging $3 for less than two hours, and anything over two hours would be $1 additional per hour. The daily rate would be $7.
Deseret Brown said she parks her car in the 6th Avenue North lot all the time and hopes that this program can help the city can re-invest in the beach community.
“There’s an increase in tourism and popularity at the beach, so as long as that money’s being re-invested to keep the beaches clean then I think it’s a good idea,” Brown said.
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These new proposed additions would have to go through two readings. City council will hear the first one on Monday night.