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Pay-by-Plate System Will Make Clearwater Parking a Little Different This Year

Post Date:10/03/2019 3:15 PM

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The city of Clearwater is backing out of “Pay & Display” stations and driving forward into the future with a new “Pay by Plate” system. Clearwater will be updating its kiosks at parking garages and in municipal parking lots to a “Pay by Plate” system, which will replace the existing “Pay & Display” parking system.

Because these kiosks are “Pay by Plate,” patrons will be required to enter their license plate numbers into the new parking kiosk before paying for their time. Users will be guided step-by-step through their parking transactions on the full-color display screens at the updated kiosks. Residents and tourists will no longer have to walk back to their vehicle to place a receipt on the dashboard. Time can be extended at the kiosk with your plate number.

Patrons can also pay for their parking by cellphone using the Parkmobile parking app. In the app, you can extend your parking session without having to walk back to your vehicle. The app also sends notifications and text reminders when your parking session is about to expire. The Parkmobile app is available for download on the App store for the iPhone, the Google Play Store for Android devices, and the Microsoft store for Windows phones. Residents who live in Clearwater city limits can sign up to have their transaction fee waived. Visit myclearwater.com/parking for details.

The first area to implement this new upgrade will be the Garden Avenue Parking Garage, 28 N. Garden Ave. tentatively on Nov. 1. The system at this garage will be “gateless.” That means parkers will no longer have to pull a ticket at the entrance or pay an attendant at the exit. Now, parkers can enter the parking lot, park their vehicle, pay at a pay-by-plate kiosk or through the Parkmobile app, walk away and go enjoy themselves. (That also means that cars cannot be backed into parking spaces; the license plate must be in view.) Parking kiosks at the Seminole Boat Ramp will include the new technology in the coming weeks, too. Clearwater expects this system to have a significant reduction on wait times at the exit to the lot.

The pay-by-plate program will roll out in Clearwater in select garages then throughout the whole parking system. Clearwater expects to offer pay-by-plate parking at the Station Square Parking Garage, 628 Cleveland Street (entrance to garage is off of Laura Street), tentatively starting January 2020. Pay-by-plate will be rolled out to include all lots on Clearwater Beach, tentatively starting November 2019 and expected to be completed by Spring Break.

“The way people pay for their parking across the country has changed with technological advancements,” says Steve Reiter, parking manager for the city of Clearwater. “Our goal is to provide our residents and visitors with an enjoyable time in downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Beach, so we want to make parking as easy as possible so patrons can go about enjoying their day.”

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