NAPLES, Fla. - The city of Naples is eyeing a half-million-dollar overhaul to the city's beach-side parking system, which is primarily single-space meters that only take quarters.
"There's new technology that will allow us to replace parking meters that are more than 15-years old that we can't buy parts for, and that will allow a much more user-friendly parking meter," said Bill Moss, Naples City Manager.
Wednesday, City Council will discuss adding the option of paying with credit, debit, and cell phone.
The plan on the table now includes replacing the single-space meters with updated community pay stations at the following lots:
- Horizon Way
- Vedado Way
- Via Miramar
- 12th Ave. South
- Naples Landings
Current pay stations would be upgraded at Lowdermilk Park and Naples Pier, and additional ones could be added.
It's a two-phase project estimated to cost $540,000 -- money from the city's Beach Fund, which is padded with parking revenues, parking fines, and funding from the county.
Not all residents are in agreement with the plan.
"Everytime you change a good thing, which is the parking around the pier, it becomes a problem," said Sterling Giles.
Others think it will pay off in the long run.
"If it attracts more people and it makes it more accessible to tourists, I can only see it being a good thing," said Kiley Revel, a Naples resident in the hospitality industry.
According to the city, the new plan will save money on meter maintenance and staffing and revenues lost when the old machines break.