NAPLES, Fla. - The Naples City Council agreed Wednesday to raise the maximum amount for a city parking ticket from $50 to $100. This starts on October 1st and if you wait to pay the ticket, it will cost you.
"You know they're probably just trying to cut back on people not paying their fines and if you were responsible you wouldn't be getting a parking ticket to begin with," said Wendy Abbott.
Starting October 1st, paying a parking ticket within the first ten will cost $35. Paying the ticket between 10 and 60 days, the cost is $45. And paying the ticket after 60 days, it's $100. The city believes this new schedule gives drivers the incentive to pay it earlier and will help collect the money sooner. Some people were shocked by the increase.
"It's terrible really. It's such a beautiful city, everybody loves it here and then you whack all the out of town guests because I'm from Chicago, Illinois I've been to Naples several times, I just love it and you're gouging us, I think it's terrible to raise the fees," said Ralph Chiczewski.
City leaders said even with the new incentives, the fines are increased from the 2009 schedule.