South Padre Island not moving forward with paid parking along Gulf Boulevard

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – The City of South Padre Island will not be moving forward with a controversial policy that would ask visitors to pay for parking spaces along Gulf Boulevard.

It’s project that’s been in the works for several years, even filed with the state. But it was never implemented. Today local officials spoke on what happened to the beach user fee.

Kristina Boburka, Shoreline Director – SPI, “Right now the plan that we have on file does include the beach user fee, or the paid parking, as some people know it. We’re working to get that out of our plan and get the required number of parking spaces.”

For several years, the city was drafting a plan to charge visitors up to 12 hours per day for parking along Gulf Boulevard. The fee never was implemented. Now parking will remain unchanged along the city’s beach access road.

“Not within city limits no, all parking along the beach, all the beach parking is free.” says Boburka.

Although the city does not want to move forward with paid parking, that does not have a change or impact to the fees already existing on county properties.

The Shoreline manager says they plan on focusing on having more parking spaces before considering a fee.

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