New parking options at Clearwater Beach

New parking options at Clearwater Beach
New parking options at Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – A new parking garage, offering more parking spaces, is now open on Clearwater Beach.

The Pelican Walk Parking Garage was dedicated during a ceremony Thursday.

Not everyone living close by sees it as an opportunity.

“It looks much better than I had anticipated, just hoping it doesn’t create any problems,” said Billy Day

Day owns the East Shore Resort on Poinsettia Avenue, across the street from the garage.

He’s not convinced this will solve parking issues on the beach or halt congestion, especially on his street.

“It’s here now, so we’ll deal with the reality of it. It’s up to the city to figure out how the traffic’s going to flow, if it does flow,” he said.  “The question is, everybody wants parking, but how many people want to pay for it.”

The lot used to be free to park on, until the city spent $11 million to help build the garage.

There are now 702 spaces that cost money.

“Whenever you add parking spaces, that’s going to alleviate some congestion,” said Clearwater mayor, George Cretekos. “But, please understand, when you’re the most popular beach in the country, that there will be times that we just can’t provide enough parking for everybody.”

The mayor said the garage is really to help beach employees.

“The main reason for this garage is to try and get our employees. We have over 10,000 of them working on Clearwater Beach to use this facility,” he said.

The garage opened just in time for spring break. Tourist like Joe Buckle, visiting from New York, love it.

He said it’s better than parking closer to the water.

“It’s convenient. Over there it was crazy, it was packed, we circled five or six times. Decided to do something else. She saw the garage,” he said.

Prices start at $2 an hour. $20 for a day.

Monthly parking passes are available.

 

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