SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz

The Coastal Advisory Committee voted to recommend to City Council to examine the possibility of extending the hours people must pay for parking in the Pier Bowl area, specifically Parque Del Mar, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and change it to 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The rates for parking would be the same but the hours would be extended.

“The committee has been discussing that at a few meetings, and the main purpose of talking about metered parking is a way to potentially generate money for sand replenishment,” Deputy Public Works Director Tom Bonigut said. “When people use those services, they’re more than likely going to the beach. There’s potentially another share of that cost just by extending the hours in the popular high-use area that could generate money to maintain the facilities that people use.”

Bonigut said hours of parking around the city vary and that it’s not unusual for coastal cities to have hours that stop at 5 p.m. to make the change to 10 p.m.

The revenue from the parking goes into the city’s general fund, but it may be allocated for the maintenance for facilities people use.

Calculations for how much additional revenue this would generate for the city have not yet been calculated. Bonigut said it will be the City Council’s discretion as to whether to further examine the matter.

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