Meters Inch Toward Atlantic Avenue

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Staff report

Delray Beach is one step closer to paid parking on Atlantic Avenue.

Commissioners agreed last month to meter Atlantic Avenue, one block north and south and some of the surface parking lots during prime time as a way to create turnover in parking spaces and generate revenue that the city can reinvest into a parking management plan.

The decision will have to be codified in a formal vote at an upcoming meeting.

The consensus is to charge for parking along Atlantic Ave. from Swinton Ave. to the Intracoastal, on side streets one block north and south of Atlantic Ave. and meter the 2-hour parking spots in surface lots. The meters would be in effect from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. From 2 a.m. to 6 p.m., patrons can park for free for two hours.

Commissioners agreed they would like to see stronger enforcement when it comes to the 2-hour and 8-hour spaces. That means parking tickets for those who stay in their parking spaces longer than permitted.

This version of a parking plan is scaled down from a previous iteration presented by the city staff. This plan was proposed by the city’s Downtown Development Authority. The approach was to take a slow and phased in-plan.

“No one is interested in going from zero to 100 overnight,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “We are going to have to come up with something. It isn’t going to make everyone happy. It is going to be a combination of things.”

Commissioners would like to explore adding more golf cart parking, designated Uber drop off and pick up locations and adding structured parking.

The parking meter topic will be scheduled for a vote at an upcoming meeting.