New parking app goes into effect first of June
Beginning the first week of June, beachgoers and residents of Panama City Beach can park and pay on the go through the Passport Parking mobile app at the City's three metered parking lots located at:
- Richard Jackson Boulevard at Ocean Towers Condominium
- Churchwell Drive at Front Beach Road
- Thomas Drive at Ripley's
Also, the City Council is scheduled to meet June 11 to consider a resolution to designate 25 percent of those parking spaces for residents of Panama City Beach. Residents may purchase a $30 decal and spaces will be marked "PCB Resident Parking with Decal Only." They will still have to pay the regular fee for that space. This change would give locals 24 parking spaces at Thomas Drive; 32 spaces at the Churchwell parking lot; and 30 spaces at the Richard Jackson lot. Parking decals for locals will be available around mid-June.
The parking rate is $6 per day or $1 per hour.
The digital application is powered by Passport, an operating system that enables over 1,000 cities and universities to manage vehicle interactions on streets and sidewalks. The app is easy to use. Just download the free Passport Parking app on your smartphone, create an account with a preferred method of payment and enter the zone and vehicle license plate number. In addition to paying for parking, users can view their parking history and extend parking sessions remotely so there’s no need to leave the beach.
“Parking should be the last thing Panama City Beach residents and vacationers should have to worry about,” said David Campbell, Panama City Beach community redevelopment agency manager. “Working with Passport to offer this mobile pay option will greatly enhance the parking experience and will allow us to further digitize our operations in the city.”
In the near future, Panama City Beach will also be implementing Passport’s cloud-based enforcement solution. This will allow the city to digitally issue citations and process payments in real-time and from a single operating system. Drivers will also be able to pay their citations seamlessly online rather than having to mail in a check or pay in person.
Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.