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Erasing the memory of pay stations

John Nichols of D3 Design & Contracting Services in Hudson creates a cloud of dust Thursday at Second Street and Second Avenue S in St. Petersburg as he cuts through concrete holding the base of one of the city's failed high-tech parking stations. The electronic tops of the French-made pay stations were removed more than a year ago after sitting dormant for months _ the devices infuriated motorists. City Parking Manager Phil Oropesa said the city will sell some of the pedestals Nichols is removing along with some of the 110 electronic modules it has in its warehouse. A few pay stations will be reinstalled, but in city parking lots and on Treasure Island. They will use the "pay and display" system that seems to be working well in places like St. Pete Beach. "I don't think you'll be seeing them make a comeback on downtown streets," he said.

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