TAMPA — Streets near Bayshore Boulevard were closed Friday in preparation for Gasparilla and police began issuing parking tickets at noon.
Street closures vary from one block to four blocks from Bayshore Boulevard and will be marked with signs in neighborhoods near the parade route, police said.
Tickets cost about $30, but could be more for cars in handicapped spots or for those with outstanding parking citations, said Andrea Davis, police spokeswoman.
After 10 p.m. Friday and through Saturday, cars will be towed. Roads need to be clear in case emergency vehicles need to get through on Saturday, Davis said.
"If you're in doubt, I wouldn't park there because it'll be an expensive day," Davis said.
Instead, parking garages are available throughout downtown Tampa at different prices, including some at $4 or $10. Parking is also available in Ybor City for $4. Streetcars from Ybor will run from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. to downtown Tampa and Channelside. An unlimited day pass for the service from Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, or HART, is $5. Buses will also be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.