Parking surfaced again as a hot button issue in Wilton Manors with the city’s newest solution coming in the form of resident permits.
In a 4-1 vote, commissioners approved a new pilot program giving residents access to park their vehicles in any of the city-owned parking lots for a one-time cost of $50 during the program. The program began March 1 and runs through December 31, 2021. If successful, the program will be implemented for 2022 at an annual cost of $60 per permit, said Penny Zuercher, city finance director.
Commissioner Chris Caputo asked that no rate increases be written into the pilot program’s terms and conditions for 2021 but was met with resistance from other commissioners.
“It’s not unreasonable to ask us to support that we do not raise prices during this pilot program,” Caputo said at Tuesday night’s commission meeting.
Commissioner Mike Bracchi countered Caputo’s position.
“I don’t think we should be adding that,” Bracchi said. “Just like COVID hit. We never know what’s going to happen. The city staff has no intention of raising it.”
Mayor Scott Newton said he did not know where the rate increase idea came from and cautioned Caputo about mentioning it on social media.
“I don’t understand where you got that from,” Newton told Caputo, adding he doesn’t have “an inkling in my eye” to raise parking rates.
“Just be careful how you say that on social media,” Newton said.
The five city lots are Richardson Park, 1937 Wilton Drive, City Hall/Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Dr., N.E. Eighth Terrace, corner N.E. 26th St. & N.E. Eighth Terrace, Sushi Rock, 2199 Wilton Dr., [email protected], N.E. 11th Ave. at N.E. 23rd Dr.
The residential parking permit is not valid during special events and overnight parking is prohibited. Permit operational hours are 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
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