SAINT AUGUSTINE – News from the City of St. Augustine:
With the start of the new fiscal year for the City of St. Augustine, several fees will be increased, including parking in the Historic Downtown Parking Facility (HDPF) and in city managed lots and on-street metered spaces.
Starting on Monday, October 2, rates for the HDPF will increase from $12 to $15 per vehicle, per entry.
Then, the following week on Tuesday, Oct. 10, rates for on-street spaces and metered lots will increase from $1.50 per hour to $2.50 per hour. (Note that since Oct. 9 is a national holiday, Columbus Day, parking is free except in the HDPF.)
Rates for those using the ParkNow card are not being increased, but will remain at their current rates of $3 per vehicle, per entry at the HDPF and $.50 per hour for on-street metered spaces and city managed parking lots.
ParkNow cards are available to any St. Johns County resident and may be purchased at the city’s Financial Services Center, 50 Bridge St., Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at the drive-thru window Monday-Friday, 7::30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The card may be used for pre-paid parking in increments of $20, $30, or $50. after paying the initial $2.50 for the card itself.
Once a ParkNow card is purchased, it can be reloaded with additional funds, when needed, at the Financial Services Center lobby/drive-thru or at kiosks located at the Financial Services Center and on the north side of the Visitor Information Center, 10 S. Castillo Dr.
The annual Pink Up The Pace 5K scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, will necessitate the brief closing of some streets and intermittent traffic interruptions in the downtown area from 8 a.m. until approximately 9:30 a.m..
The event starts on S. Castillo Dr. in front of the Visitor Information Center then continues on a route that includes S. Castillo Dr./Avenida Menendez, Marine St., South St., Oneida St., Duero St., Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Park Pl., Cordova St., King St., St. George St., Cuna St., Cordova St., to its finish line at Francis Field.
More information regarding the race, including a map of the route, is available at www.pinkupthepace.com.
The Fall Fiber Festival continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Visitor Information Center, 10 S. Castillo Drive. See colonial textile artisans from throughout the state demonstrating their craft.
Admission is free, and parking is avialable at the adjacent Historic Downtown Parking Facility for $15 per entry or $3 with a ParkNow Card