St. Johns County rolling out free beach shuttle service

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Labor Day at the beach is always busy.

Getting a parking spot in order to get on the beach can be a bit tricky.

A satellite parking program was in the works this holiday weekend in St. Johns County.

There were two beaches in St. Johns County where beachgoers could catch a free shuttle at satellite parking lots.

Shannon Ayotte and her husband Raul of North Carolina couldn't find a parking space at the lot next to the St. Augustine Beach pier Monday, but they saw the trolley going through the lot.

So they parked at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall and boarded the trolley which took them to the pier for free.

The lot at city hall served as an overflow parking lot for beachgoers this weekend.

Ayotte said, "I think this is wonderful. It's great."

But in three hours Monday morning, only three people had taken the trolley in St. Augustine Beach, and the trolley made four trips an hour.

It was a different story up in Ponte Vedra at Mickler's Landing. The shuttle was often full Monday.

Beachgoers parked at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and took a shuttle over to Mickler's Landing, another typically full parking lot.

One woman on the shuttle said, "I think it's great. It was here on time this morning and it's just now showing up again. So it was a convenient way to get there."

However, First Coast News learned Saturday and Sunday did not have any riders on the shuttle in Ponte Vedra.

Both parking lots at the St. Augustine Beach pier and at Mickler's Landing are often full on holiday weekends, and so St. Johns County and St. Augustine Beach wanted to meet the need for parking spaces. The city and the county are footing the bills for the beach shuttles.

Dave Chatterton with Old Town Trolley Tours said St. Augustine Beach city government contracted with his company to have a trolley run on the weekends this summer and on Labor Day to the satellite parking lot. He said he provided the city a reduced rate.

Many people told First Coast News that once more people know about the service, the shuttles will become more popular.


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