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2015 Parking Study - Public Input Workshops

The City of St. Petersburg has begun a study of parking conditions in the downtown area and is asking for the public’s help in identifying parking issues and opportunities. Two public workshops are scheduled (see details below). The workshops will be interactive, allowing community members to share their downtown parking experiences and suggest enhancements.

The study will look at parking demand and supply in the area generally from 5th Ave N to 5th Ave S between Tampa Bay and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. The study area also includes the area between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St and I-275 from one block north of 1st Avenue N to one block south of 1st Ave S.

The outcome of the study will be a plan to meet current and future parking demand in the study area. The plan will recommend alternatives for solving identified parking issues, as well as strategies for managing existing parking resources. The city has hired Kimley Horn to conduct the study and provide recommendations.

Public Workshop: Focus on the Edge District

Tuesday, July 21 6:30-8PM
Pinot’s Palette
1572 Central Ave
Free 2-hour street parking

Public Workshop: Focus on the Downtown Core

Wednesday, July 22 6:30-8PM
Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Dr NE
Free parking in the Beach Dr/Dolphin Lot (north side of pier approach) by placing a copy of the workshop flyer on your car dashboard. 

If you are unable to attend one of the public workshops, please feel free to participate in our online survey. Completed surveys must be submitted by August 1, 2015.

What We Do

Parking Management ensures the most efficient use of on-street and off-street parking assets within the downtown area, thereby serving the highest number of residents and visitors with the most convenient parking spaces available. On-street management of spaces is conducted primarily through the use of time limits and parking meters to encourage vehicle turnover.  Off-street parking garages and lots are maintained to support the downtown by giving commuters and longer-term visitors a safe, clean place to park for a reasonable fee. This team is responsible for parking management through the use of regulation and fees; parking facility operation and maintenance; special event transportation and parking distribution design, plan and management; propose ordinance changes to enhance parking systems; administer residential parking and central business district parking plans; investigate and improve safety and accessibility needs as identified through public contact, staff studies and committee involvement.

Helpful Tips

  1. There are many options available for parking downtown.
  2. St. Petersburg is host to more than 1,000 annual downtown events. Many of those events feature free shuttle service provided by the St. Petersburg Trolley between designated parking locations and event locations.  
  3. Residents and visitors may also take advantage of the "Looper" shuttle service, which loops St. Petersburg's downtown, EDGE and Grand Central Districts on a regular daily schedule. A portion of the route is a Free Fare Zone, including Beach Drive to the Beach Drive Parking lot. Additionally, PSTA's Central Avenue Trolley serves Central Avenue from Pier parking lots in downtown St. Petersburg to Pass-A-Grille on St. Pete Beach.  For routes, rates and times of operation, please click on


City of St. Petersburg
P.O. Box 2842
St. Petersburg, FL 33731

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