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Council Raises Pier Parking Rates

The Redondo Beach City Council agrees to raise parking rates in the pier parking structure and plaza lots. The cost of monthly passes for employees, however, remains the same.

Visitors to the and International Boardwalk will soon be paying a little more to park, the City Council decided after a public hearing Tuesday evening.

The installation of new pay-by-space parking meters and the removal of the parking gates offered the city a chance to develop a new rate schedule, according to Pete Carmichael, the director of harbor, business and transit.

The old rate for the pier and pier plaza parking lots was $1.50 per hour, though some businesses offered validation for the first hour, with a daily maximum of $7.50 on weekdays and $10.50 on weekends in the summer. Winter daily maximums were $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends.

The new rates will not have a daily maximum, and will differ in the summer and winter. During the summer, it will cost $2 per hour to park in the lots; however, on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., the first hour will cost 50 cents.

In the winter, parking will cost $1.50 per hour. The first hour will still cost 50 cents on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The increase in parking rates will bring the city an extra $225,000 to $625,000 per year in revenue.

How much the city receives "is really going to depend on how the long-term parkers react to the new structure," Carmichael said.

Those who park in the lots to spend a day at the beach will probably end up paying more to park because of the elimination of the daily maximums; however, most people will not pay significantly more for parking, according to the city report.

"We're doing this in a way to keep it a modest increase for 80 percent of parkers," Carmichael said.

On holidays or other special occasions, such as the Fourth of July, the city might decide to collect a flat rate, Carmichael said. Additionally, the city is looking into cell phone applications that would allow parkers to add time to their meters remotely.

"The good news is parking meters have come a long way," he said.

People with handicapped parking placards will still be able to park for free in designated spots, and visitors to the Cancer Support Community - Redondo Beach office will pay 25 cents per day.

Representatives of the pier businesses said they saw the new hourly rates and parking system as a good thing.

"I think it's going to be helpful in the long term, and I think we're going to see a bunch of benefits from it," said Trinity Keeney, the manager of .

A staff report recommended selling seven-day-per-month parking passes for the pier's main parking structure for $35 per month. Annual passes would be purchased for $280.

A staff recommendation to raise the cost of monthly passes for five-day-per-month parking at the pier and seven-day-per-month parking at the pier plaza from $10 to $25 per month and institute an annual pass for $200 was met with opposition from the Council and several business owners. Judy Milner of told the Council that while she liked the rate increase for pier visitors, she opposed increasing the cost of the monthly permit.

A $25 pass would be expensive for employees who work only four-hour shifts; however, because she employs more people in the summer than in the winter, purchasing an annual pass for all her employees would cost her too much money, Milner said.

"Either way, I'm in a Catch-22 and my employees are in a Catch-22," she said.

Councilman Steven Diels proposed reducing the monthly rate to $15 and the annual rate to $100; however, Councilman Bill Brand, whose Second District includes the pier and King Harbor, suggested leaving the rate the same.

Councilmen Steve Aspel and Pat Aust agreed, and Brand's motion carried, 3-2. Diels and Councilman Matthew Kilroy dissented.

The new meters and associated rates are scheduled to go into service in the pier plaza lot next week, Carmichael said.

David Andrien March 23, 2012 at 03:43 PM
To whom it may concern: As a 48 year resident of Redondo Beach I am very disappointed in how the council has approached the Redondo Pier parking issue. The pier is not an income stream for the city other than revenue from sales taxes, vendor fees and licenses that pay for the administrative support and maintenance to keep the Pier in good condition for the public to enjoy. The parking fees should go down year over year and only be used for maintenance or pier renovations and not for general fund use. The council’s job as it relates to the Redondo Pier parking fees is to determine the amount of funds required to operate the Pier and minimize the cost to the public to access the Pier not to spend money on costly new technology that needs lots of maintenance and increases the cost to run the parking overall. Have you ever heard the term KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid), it applies here. Again the Redondo Beach Pier is not a city revenue stream. It is a place for family’s to gather and enjoy what our predecessors left for us. Repeal the cost increase and go back to the drawing board and figure out how to make it less costly to visit the Pier. Respectfully, David Andrien
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Hi David, Would you like me to publish this as a letter to the editor?
Jerry Patrick Wood March 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Yeah there goes incompetence at the least, malfeasance at the best. People will be streaming down to the pier now to get a chance to pay more for parking? Especially during the rehab!
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry April 02, 2012 at 08:36 PM
A pier parking employee said that, with the new parking meters, Handicapped Parking will no longer be free. Is that legal?
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry April 02, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The City Council has approved raising the price of pier parking and a there will be no maximum daily fee. Also, patrons will have to overpay the meter for their length of stay due to fear that the meter will either expire while they are dining or from concern that they might have to leave the dining table to deposit more coins. The present system allows one to pay for no more minutes than were actually used. This latest revenue grabber is simply not convenient for visitors and it is not good for businesses on the pier. Parking tickets will further discourage repeat visits. Lower the obstacles for parking and the city can benefit from the hearty taxes generated by thriving businesses. Being greedy only leads to everyone losing.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) April 02, 2012 at 09:04 PM
From what I understand, handicapped parking is still free, and when I was over there last week, there were no numbers on the handicapped parking spots... and you need a number to be able to feed the meter.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) April 02, 2012 at 09:08 PM
The reason they eliminated the daily maximum was because the new multispace meters did not support it. The move from the old parking system to the multispace meters was prompted by multiple traffic jams last summer where it took people more than two hours to exit the parking lot because the gates were malfunctioning.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry April 02, 2012 at 09:19 PM
If the traffic jams last summer were caused by malfunctioning gates, an obvious solution would be to consider improving the gates.
Steve Shoemaker April 02, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I think that the handicapped parking will remain, in fact handicapped parking at meters is free in most (ALL?) cites. NO GATES ... NO WAITS will work towards eliminating the entry and exit delays.
steve shoemaker April 02, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I think that the handicapped parking will remain, in fact handicapped parking at meters is free in most (ALL?) cites. NO GATES ... NO WAITS will work towards eliminating the entry and exit delays.
Jun Magano January 27, 2013 at 03:31 AM
I dont mind if the city increase the parking fee.But give us maximum hours so I dont have to worry how long will I stay,instead I'm always thinking about the parking and not how to enjoy the pier.
Jethro Burney February 09, 2013 at 11:11 AM
They suppose to put it back the old meter this parking fee is too much for the fisherman.stay for such a long time catching fish enjoying his activity.fisherman need a minimum fee or discount to the parking area Ty.
Jethro Burney February 09, 2013 at 11:33 AM
They suppose to put it back the old meter.this new meter is too much for a fisherman stay there such a long time catching fish enjoying his activity.fisherman need a maximum of time or give them discount. Spicially on the weekend.ty
trebnor March 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM
There goes my fishing enjoyment, relaxation and the restaurants at the pier. I always like to stay very long hours but now I have to worry about the parking tickets to expire plus pay more? This is a rediculous idea. I guess its time to complain or find another place to go. Maximum time limit parking and putting a better gate is a good idea instead of a new technology that cost more money and problems. OBR

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