JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Parking is now at a premium at the new Duval County Courthouse and prices have gone up to prove it.
Workers at the courthouse complained to First Coast News that some of the parking lots near the new building raised their prices when it opened.
One lot has started charging four times more than it did last week.
According to ProPark's website, the price to park in the lot is just two dollars per day, but tape now covers the prices on a sign at the lot. A new sign that has been added on top now shows the price is two dollars per hour and eight dollars a day.
When asked when the prices changed, a woman who answered the phone at Propark's office in Jacksonville, "when the courthouse opened."
Usama Aly the Operations Manager for Propark's Jacksonville office said decisions about parking rates are made at the corporate level.
A call made to Propark's corporate office has not been returned.
According to Jack Shad with the City of Jacksonville, there is no law that allows the city to regulate what private lots can charge.
"We have noticed many of the private lots and garages have raised their prices with the courthouse," said Shad. "It's the free market at work--supply and demand."
Shad explained that all the city can do is keep its rates low. He suggested that people use the Ed Ball garage, which is located a block and a half from the courthouse. Parking at that garage is one dollar per hour.