Beginning Friday, some hourly parking rates and time limits throughout downtown Beaufort will change to give drivers cheaper prices and more time the further they park from Bay Street.
Beaufort City Council gave final approval Tuesday to the changes, which also include increasing the time limit along Bay Street from two to three hours. Rates previously were $1 an hour throughout the city. The new rates range from .50 to $1, depending on the parking location.
Some people thanked council after the vote for listening to merchant and customer concerns that poured in after the city switched to a new parking system in July that included electronic paystations, new rates and new time limits.
"You're definitely listening and definitely taking steps forward," said Robert Bowden, who works downtown and whose wife owns a store on Bay Street.
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Many, including Lanier Parking Solutions, which manages the system, also have called for the city to dig up the not-so-popular paystations and revert to coin-operated meters along Bay Street.
Council will hold a special meeting before its regularly scheduled workshop Tuesday to hear a final vote on removing the paystations from Bay Street and relocating them in other areas of the city, Mayor Billy Keyserling said Tuesday.
In other action, council: