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New parking meters to be installed in Boca entertainment area

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(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Residents and visitors in the Boca Raton area will soon be required to pay for parking in the downtown area.
City officials approved a plan on Tuesday to install 34 parking meters between Southeast Fifth Avenue on Palmetto Park Road and Southeast Mizner Boulevard.
The four-block area that is popular for shopping and beach parking, has become increasingly populated and makes for a difficult traffic situation for both visitors and residents.
City officials hope that installing the meters will encourage a more even flow of traffic in the area.

“The goal isn’t making money. The goal is to ensure turnover of a limited number of parking spaces so that residents, visitors and patrons of businesses have a place to park,” Mayor Scott Singer said. “The alternative is people hogging the spaces all day long, and you would actually have less spaces.”

The city has already installed parking meters in the areas surrounding downtown as well.

A ticket for overstaying your metered time will cost you $35.