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Parking in downtown St Petersburg

Parking MeterParking in downtown St Petersburg is currently a hodgepodge – some are metered, some aren’t; some have 1 hour limits, some have other limits; enforcement on some stops at 6 pm and on others it’s 24 hours. How confusing!

The City of St Petersburg has now proposed (perhaps starting the end of this month) standardized enforcement hours from 9 am to 10 pm.  That’s good and bad. It’s good for the Beach Drive restaurants that have lost their morning coffee business because of the meters. It’s bad for Central Ave restaurants that currently have no enforcement in the evenings andweekends, and bad for drivers who’s prefer to take a cab home and get their car late on a weekend morning.

There still won’t be consistency on how long you’re allowed to park, or consistency between time limits on metered and unmetered blocks. Let’s make it easier for our visitors and guests, and everyone visiting downtown St Pete.

City Council is scheduled to discuss the parking issue during their June 18th meeting.

6-12-08 Update:  The City of St Petersburg has backed off this proposal due to a loud and wide outcry from citizens against the proposal. A win for the businesses along Central Avenue, but still a problem for Beach Drive restaurants with parking enforced at 8 am! According to an e-mail I received, Beach Drive is the only street where meters have been installed when they weren’t requested by adjacent businesses.  Hmm.

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