West Miami-Dade


Parking pay stations could replace meters in Sweetwater


Special to the Miami Herald

Sweetwater is considering an upgrade to its parking system.

Tuesday, City Commissioner Manuel Duasso presented a plan that would bring modern, multi-space pay stations to the city.

“We want to eliminate the existence of coin operated meters in the city particularly around City Hall and replace them with a single multi-space pay station,” said Alan Abolila, director of maintenance. “There are many advantages in this kind of pay station. It is harmonious with the landscape.”

Twenty or so meters are placed around City Hall, but some don’t work. The price tag to repair the meters could run around $14,000, almost the same as replacing them, Abolila said.

Commissioners will be looking at companies including IPS Group, Hectronics and digital payment technologies for the new meters. “They are recognizable by patrons because they have been used everywhere else,” Abolila said.

The new pay stations would accept cash and credit cards. The price would be 25 cents per 10 minutes.

The meters could double parking revenues — “about $25,000 a year,” Abolila said.

The plan will be brought up at next month’s commission meeting. If approved, the meter could be installed in about 30 days.

Abolila said he wouldn’t rule out more pay stations in the city sometime in the future.

“As the city continues to grow, [they] can help manage traffic and … become a necessity,” he said.

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