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New downtown parking meters and pay stations
New downtown parking meters and pay stations

Sarasota, FL -- New solar-powered parking meters and pay stations in downtown Sarasota take effect today, May 23.  Here's what you need to know.

Metered parking enforcement hours will be Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Free and low cost public parking still will be available in downtown.

Of the 2,300 public parking spaces in the downtown core, just 463 spaces are metered – that’s 20 percent.  The city anticipates the parking management program will prompt drivers to consider every parking option available which include: 

  • free parking within walking distance
  • low cost parking in public lots and garages at 50 cents per hour (Palm Avenue garage will remain free through October 2011)
  • premium on-street parking at $1.00 per hour
  • cost effective permits are $40 for those who are downtown frequently

The goal is to offer a parking solution for every driver’s budget, while managing the city’s parking assets so that 15 percent of the most desirable on-street parking spaces are available at any given time.  

That means visitors should be able to find an on-street parking space easily.  

The new pay stations are convenient and user friendly. They accept coins as well as Visa and Master Card.  Receipts are not printed, preventing litter and saving a trip back to your vehicle.  The amount you paid will be displayed on the screen.  

If you pay at a multi-space station, you can add more time to your parking space from any pay station on the same block. You will need to remember your 3-digit parking space number, which will be easily identifiable in purple on the curb at your space.  

A step-by-step guide on how to use the meters and pay stations is included in the Frequently Asked Questions.