CLEARWATER — Parking at Sand Key Park will jump from $1 an hour to $5 for a flat daily fee starting Wednesday.
Pinellas County officials said the price change will make Sand Key's fees consistent with county beach parks like Fred Howard and Fort De Soto, where the $5 fee will begin in January. Officials said the extra cost will help pay for park maintenance and enhancements.
Sand Key Park's hourly meters have been replaced by 18 automated pay stations, which accept coins, cash and credit cards.
Annual parking passes covering all three parks can be purchased for $75, or $55 for seniors over 65, at the county's Parks and Conservation Resources office at 12520 Ulmerton Rd. in Largo, or at the administrative office at Fort De Soto.