JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — (Note: The video above is from a previous report.)
Visitors to Jacksonville Beach will have to pay for parking again on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as of March 12 as part of a city program.
And once again, it is payment via credit cards or a cellphone app, since no cash will be accepted.
The program, started in 2019, added automated parking lot pay stations at the city's busiest tourist and retail areas from mid-March through Nov. 1, doing away with parking attendants. People must pay from 8 p.m. on Fridays through 2 a.m. on Saturdays, as well as 10 a.m. Saturdays through 2 a.m. Sundays. Paid parking is also in effect from 10 a.m. Sundays through midnight.
The paid parking locations are in the normally busier restaurant and shopping areas at Latham Plaza at 14 First St. N., 422 First St. N., the Jacksonville Pier at 503 First St. N. and 450 Second St. N. Payment kiosks are in each parking lot.
Parking costs $3 for the first two hours, then $1 for each additional hour, up to $7. Jacksonville Beach residents park for free if they have registered their license plates with the Police Department. There will be a $12 flat rate for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Beaches Oktoberfest weekends. For more information go to bit.ly/30iF5hr.
Neptune and Atlantic beaches also instituted a North Beaches Parking Program for its Town Center area around Atlantic Boulevard last summer. Paid parking runs from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Payment can be made through the Flowbird mobile app or a City kiosk. And there is valet parking for $15 or free for those dining at nine area restaurants (ticket validation required).
All on-street parking within the Atlantic Beach area of the Beaches Town Center offers up to three hours free for residents, and the same is true for Neptune Beach residents in designated spaces on Cherry, Walnut and Second streets. But residents must register their license plate with the North Beaches Parking Program.