Weekend paid parking is back at Jax Beach

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Paid parking returns to Jacksonville Beach Friday night. From Friday evening to Sunday evening, it will cost you to park in city spaces. The people we spoke to out on Jacksonville Beach had mixed reviews about the return of paid parking.

Some said they didn’t mind having to use these kiosks because they say things like this happen in bigger cities. While others like some staff at an Irish bar said they don’t like it because it means staff have to pay to park while at work.

On Friday, some went to the beach to relax. “I’m going to take my time and go to the beach,” said Joanne McCall, who is visiting her son.

Others were there for the holidays. “We’re going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” Tori Bryant said.

Commander Thom Bingham of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department told News4JAX that the paid parking season runs through Oct. 29.

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People must pay Friday 8pm-2am, Saturday 10am-2am and Sunday 10am-midnight. Unless the following Monday is a public holiday, Sunday is 10pm-2am. And on that bank holiday Monday, you pay at 10am-midnight.

It is three dollars for the first two hours, and an additional dollar for each additional hour.

Wendy lives in Jacksonville Beach and told us she wants more parking. “It took me an hour to find a parking spot this morning,” Wendy said.

News4JAX spoke to people at the beach about paid parking, and we heard mixed reactions.

Resident Tori Bryant said, “If you have a public beach, I think you should have free parking.”

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Resident Drew Bryant said, “I think paid parking is a good way to generate revenue to maintain the area down here.”

Visitor Jordan Mann said: “I don’t have money for parking.”

Commander Bingham said more paid parking will become available next weekend on 2nd Avenue North and 6th Avenue North.

Other car parks that are the same as last year are the wharf car park, the city car park behind the Ritz, the one east of it and the car park next to Sneakers.

Commander Bingham told us that if you live within the city limits and your vehicle is registered to an address in Jacksonville Beach, you do not have to pay. And if you’ve already registered your vehicle before, you don’t need to do it again.

Jacksonville Beach paid parking lots (Jacksonville Beach Police)

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