The South Padre Island City Council, at its meeting last week, approved a paid program to be implemented next year to address parking issues along Gulf Blvd.
The program will utilize smart phone technology by applying online or calling for a parking permit. Customers will receive five hours of parking for $5.35, which will apply from March 1 to Sept. 15. The parking charge is $5 and 35 cents will be remitted to the City via the Passport Parking Company, which currently operates in 40 states and 90 cities.
Using their phone, the customer will be asked for a vehicle license number and description. Pay-by-phone options include: online application, pay-by-voice, pay-by-text, or electronic validation.
City records indicate that the funds generated through this program will go toward start-up costs and enforcement.