Parking meters will not be enforced 24/7 in the city center

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Changes are coming to the parking lot in downtown West Palm Beach.

The changes will affect parking spaces from the Amtrak station to Flagler Drive after public outcry.

Starting Monday, the city is removing its 24/7 app. Additionally, the ticket amount has been reduced to $35 from $37.50 previously.

Parking enforcement hours have been broken down into three zones.

See a map of the zones here.

Zone A, which includes areas along Clematis Street and The Square, will be enforced between 7 a.m. and midnight. Zone B is applied between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Zone C is applied between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The changes come after many visitors and businesses said 24/7 law enforcement simply kept people away from the city centre.

“We have been in communication with downtown merchants, residents and visitors to help facilitate an efficient and fair parking experience,” said parking administrator Ed Davis. “We appreciate the constructive feedback from the community and are responding accordingly to help maximize parking options for residents, visitors and businesses.”

According to a city statement:

“As a result of previously enacted changes to the City’s parking rate structure, the rate of expired parking tickets decreased by 25%, on-street parking time decreased by 13%, and on-street parking frequency for less than 15 minutes increased by almost 40%. This preliminary data shows that there are now more parking spaces available for visitors and customers. »

In the meantime, parking meter prices will remain the same, and there is still no free parking on Sundays or public holidays.

“My experience with parking meters and the parking situation in downtown West Palm Beach is confusing and frustrating,” said Kris Kemp, who lives in downtown West Palm Beach.

People who work in downtown West Palm Beach continue to raise concerns.

“It’s extremely boring going to work and sometimes not even earning enough money to pay for parking, so sometimes I come out of here negative,” said Maranda Willis, who works downtown. “I was also sent back here when I was at work after 14 hour shifts, I came in my car and there is a trunk like above. I can’t leave, I can’t go anywhere I know they, like, give us parking passes and stuff, but even at the parking pass rate, it’s still cheaper to find street parking.”

Parking officials said meter revenue helps cover things like security, cleaning and maintenance of downtown garages and meters.

The updated stickers haven’t arrived yet, but the new times will appear on meter screens starting at midnight.

David H. Henry