Atlantic Beach Looks At Expanding Paid Parking To 18th Street

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It may soon become even harder to find a free parking spot at the Beaches as Atlantic Beach looks at expanding paid parking in the area.

The Atlantic Beach City Commission is considering extending paid parking to 18th Street. Several workshops have been held, and the Commission discussed the idea at length at its June 14 meeting, agreeing a refined proposal would be put together and discussed during at a future meeting.

As a starting point, the Commission heard from Atlantic Beach Planning and Community Development Director Amanda Askew. She summarized the current paid parking program at the Beaches Town Center, using it as a potential model for the expansion.

“If you remember, you get your first 30 minutes free. Atlantic Beach registered citizens get to park for three hours free. After that, it's a $1 every half hour. And if you're not a registered Atlantic Beach resident, it is just the first 30 minutes free and then $1 per half hour,” Askew said.

Askew speculated that a potential pilot program would be seasonal.

“So we're looking for direction and feedback if you're interested in going with a pilot program - the rates and structures - and then potentially the hours of operation,” she said.

The commission discussed the merits of various pricing plans, as well as keeping pricing uniform with the Beaches Town Center parking rates.

Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser said she wants to the city move forward with a targeted pilot program. “I think we should focus on the summer, Friday through Sunday,” she recommended.

The next step will be for Atlantic Beach City Manager Shane Corbin to incorporate the commission’s discussion into a refined proposal.

“Please reach out if you have more thoughts and things come to mind that you that you want to share with me and I'll try to incorporate them in whatever we bring back,” Corbin said.

Currently Atlantic Beach has an inner-local agreement with Neptune Beach to charge for public parking at the Beaches Town Center, which straddles the line of both beachfront cities. Neptune Beach administers that program.

Jacksonville Beach has a separate paid public parking program.

Atlantic Beach 6/14 Commission Meeting Video

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Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.