DELRAY BEACH — A plan to place parking meters at more than 2,000 free spots in downtown Delray Beach is up for discussion this week.
The city commission will hear a presentation Wednesday on the parking plan, which includes smart meters that would charge a fluctuating rate based on location and demand, a concept called “surge pricing”. Some details haven’t yet been ironed out, including a parking plan for downtown employees who currently take advantage of free city-owned spots.
The parking meters could net the city as much as $3.15 million a year, city officials said in early July.
City staff will present the parking plan at a commission meeting Wednesday evening.
The city owns 3,277 parking spots in downtown, 727 of which are inside two parking garages.
The parking garages currently charge a $5 flat fee after 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Seven-hundred spots along the beach are already metered, but would become smart meters with charges that fluctuate based on time of day.
The remaining spots in downtown are currently free for 8- or 2-hour parking.
Check back Wednesday for more details on this proposal.