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Council approves plan for parking garage on Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER — The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved an amended development agreement with the developers of the Pelican Walk Shopping Center to build a public parking garage on Clearwater Beach.

The city will pay $11.3 million to own 450 of the 702 spaces in the garage that has already broken ground behind the shopping center at 483 Mandalay Ave., according to Mayor George Cretekos.

Cretekos said the garage would help meet demand for parking on the beach on typical afternoons but acknowledged it will still not be enough to accommodate the hordes of drivers on busy holiday weekends.

The city has not yet established a fee schedule for the spaces, but Cretekos said officials intend to lease sections of the garage to business owners who may then offer spaces to their employees.