Treasure Island to get more metered parking spaces

With the additions the city will have nearly 500 metered spaces.
Kingfish Drive, which will have 27 metered spaces and three pay stations, is often bustling with activity in the area near Gator's Café. Tom Germond
Kingfish Drive, which will have 27 metered spaces and three pay stations, is often bustling with activity in the area near Gator's Café. Tom Germond
Published August 22

TREASURE ISLAND — It will soon be easier to find parking in the city, for a fee of course.

City commissioners recently unanimously voted to spend $40,705 to provide 42 additional metered parking spaces in four areas around the island, giving the city a total of 472 metered places.

Amy Davis, finance director and assistant city manager, explained the city currently has 430 metered parking spaces; 78 of those were added in 2017 during the first phase of a parking expansion project.

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Staff is now recommending metering additional public access areas all along the island, she told commissioners. The city has a three-year contract for meter pay stations and software support with Flowbird. Flowbird offered to provide refurbished pay stations with new touch-pad screens, solar-powered light bar and installation, at a cost of $6,640 per unit.

“Because our experience with pay stations is much better than the individual meters, we are recommending whenever possible to install pay stations,” she said.

Staff recommended the metered parking spaces be located at:

• Kingfish Drive, which will have 27 metered spaces and three pay stations;

• 127th Avenue W beach access, which will have five metered spaces and one pay station;

• 102nd Avenue E street end, slated for five metered spaces with one pay station;

• 101st Avenue W beach access, that will have five metered spaces and one pay station.

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