Parking garage rates at Daytona Beach Ocean Walk to increase May 1

DAYTONA BEACH -- Parking at the Ocean Center garage are going up as of May 1 to help offset the cost of county government.

Here is the new fee schedule:

* An hour of parking will double to $2, two hours will climb from $3 to $4 and three hours will go up from $5 to $6. Any time after that in a 24-hour period is $8.

* The first 30 minutes remains $1.

* Monthly parking climbs from $30 to $45.

The rates are the first in three years, expected to bring in an additional $116,000 by Sept. 30 and $279,000 annually. Annual fees have raised $2 million, but the garage had a deficit at the end o 2008 and last year's profits barely exceeded $90,000.

The rates were approved by the County Council earlier this month.

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