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‘Pay by Plate’ will require Clearwater drivers to key in tag information

The change to the new system will be gradual.
A car on the south side of Cleveland Street at Osceola Avenue on Tuesday in downtown Clearwater. That block of Cleveland Street, which ends at Fort Harrison Avenue, provides 16 short term metered parking spaces, at left and right.
Published Oct. 10

CLEARWATER — Parking in the city is about to change.

Before, a customer at city parking garage or lot paid for a space at a kiosk, then put a receipt on their dashboard.

Now, visitors will be asked to type their license plate number into a kiosk before paying, saving them the second step.

That’s according to a news release put out by the city last week.

The change will be gradual. The city is tentatively planning to start the “Pay by Plate” system on Nov. 1 at the Garden Avenue Parking Garage. Then, kiosks at the Seminole Boat Ramp, the Station Square Parking Garage, 628 Cleveland St. and finally the lots on Clearwater Beach will adopt the new system in the weeks and months after that.

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Visitors can also pay for parking using the Parkmobile smart phone app, the release noted.

The Clearwater Beach changes are expected begin in November and be finished by next spring, the release said. Once the changes are made, customers will not be allowed to back into spaces in the lots. License plates have to be showing.

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