PCB to raise parking rates in city lots
Daily parking rates will be increased at Beach city parking lots.
The Panama City Beach City Council on Thursday agreed to increase the fees from $4 to $5 at the city lots on Richard Jackson Boulevard, Churchwell Drive and South Thomas Drive.
The increase not only will generate about an additional $15,000 a year for the Panama City Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, but will help the city maintain the parking meters, city officials said.
“Wet dollar bills that are put into the meters have a tendency to clog up the meters,” City Manager Mario Gisbert said. The $5 fee would allow a person to put only one bill in the meter. Gisbert said if the $5 bills continue to jam the meters, they can be readjusted so that only coins and credit cards can be used.
The council also:
- Approved entering into negotiations with PFM Group to study the maintenance costs of Panama City Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) road projects. The council has discussed the possibility of a special assessment being levied on property owners to pay for the maintenance. Mayor Mike Thomas said the city is obligated in CRA documents to pay for road maintenance costs. “These things should have been done 10 years ago,” Thomas said.
- Approved appointing Vice Mayor Josie Strange to become the city’s new treasurer. She now will review checks the city writes.
- Approved a $1.77 million contract with Marshall Brothers Construction and Engineering, the lowest bidder, to provide a new wastewater and road pumping station that is part of the Front Beach Road Segment 2 project.
- Approved an agreement with the Lake Powell Community Development District for that community to turn over its sewer and water infrastructure to the city.
- Agreed to allow property across the street from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! to become a new Bay Town Trolley bus station transfer point. Wal-Mart no longer wanted its parking lot used for the bus transfer site, so lately, transfers have been occurring at the corner of Joan Avenue and Front Beach Road, which Councilman Hector Solis said is causing a safety hazard.
- Approved paying $38,000 to Business Information Systems Inc. and SuiteOne Media Inc. to provide livestreaming services for City Council meetings. “We will go from low-definition sound and video to high-definition,” Gisbert said.
Source: Panama City News Herald