ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - It's going to get a little more expensive to bring your car to downtown Orlando as officials cope with a parking system that's losing $300,000 a month.
City council members approved the rate increases on Monday.
The new hourly fees take effect Jan. 12, and new monthly rates are
effective Feb. 1.
Mayor Buddy Dyer's proposal doubles the hourly parking rate to
$2 on city lots, with the maximum daily rate going from $10 to $15.
Parking meters will cost $1 an hour, a 25-cent increase.
People who work downtown will also have to shell out more cash
to rent a city space.
For most people, that fee will increase from $85 to $110.
The mayor said officials had no choice. But Commissioner Daisy
Lynum said low parking rates could help bring in money by luring more people to downtown businesses.