DELRAY BEACH — No cash? No problem.
At least not if you’re trying to park in downtown Delray Beach garages any more.
The city of Delray Beach now allows mobile payment at its two downtown parking garages — the Old School Square garage on Swinton and Atlantic avenues and the Federspiel garage on Southwest First Avenue just south of Atlantic. You can pay using the Parkmobile smartphone application, the same mobile app used in downtown West Palm Beach.
The parking garages charge a flat fee of $5 on Thursday through Saturday after 4 p.m.
Parking is free for cars in the garages before 4 p.m., and they won’t be charged if they stay past that time.
The convenient parking method comes on the heels of a recent city discussion to eliminate free street-side parking along Atlantic Avenue, and possibly the rest of downtown Delray Beach.
The city is considering installing smart meters that would analyze demand for Delray Beach 3,000-plus downtown parking spots, a majority of which are presently free, and increase price at peak hours. City leaders hope the change will force turnover along Atlantic Avenue, driving business, and generate revenue for the city.