VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Get ready to shell out more dollars to park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Tuesday night, City Council approved a budget that includes a parking fee ordinance that raises the price to park in the resort area. Starting July 1, parking meter rates will increase from $1.50 to $2, and the resident discount rate will go up from $2 to $3 for parking after 5 p.m.
The change is not a welcome one for daily visitors, like Omar Navia.
“Probably going to be coming a lot less to the beach,” he said. “The meter parking is best for me. I don’t spend too much time at the beach. It’s just the price is going up. I’m not too happy about that.”
But the city is bringing the meter fee in line with what’s already charged at city garages, and there’s more, according to Mike Eason, the Resort Administrator. He said the money garnered from the rate hike will help pay for new meters and the development of smartphone apps to increase service.
“You can pay for your meter on your phone,” he said. “Right now you can walk up to any meter and pay. If you park on 24th Street and walk five blocks, you can pay any meter in that area.”
The city expects to get over a $1 million in revenue with the fee hike.
Joyce Deguzman is a frequent visitor and told us this, “if it’s $1.50 to $2.00, I guess I’ll have to put it in, and I’m willing. I love the beach. It’s a good recreation for our grandson.”
Violators can expect to pay a fine, and that’s going up as well — from $12 to $20.
Parking revenues go into a special fund to keep maintenance operations self-sufficient, and don’t involve any tax dollars, according to Eason.