Summer beachside parking fees in Del Mar to go up
Dollar increase will help pay for services
Del Mar will increase its beachside parking meter fees to $3 per hour come summertime, Mayor Richard Earnest said.
The city currently imposes a $2 per hour fee. Earnest said the increase would be part of Del Mar’s effort to get visitors who use city services to pay their share. He said it is along the same lines as efforts to extend the transient occupancy tax to short-term vacation rentals.
Neighboring cities Solana Beach and Encinitas do not currently charge for beachside parking. Carlsbad’s beaches are run by the state of California, which recently won a lawsuit against that city allowing it to charge for parking. The lot at La Jolla Shores beach is currently free. These cities also, however, currently extend their TOTs to short-term vacation rentals.
Earnest said whether or not a city charges for beachside parking does not mean its visitors are not still paying in some way.
“There’s a theory out there that’s there’s no such thing as free parking,” he said, giving a metaphorical example of a financially afloat state not charging income tax. “You say, ‘Wow, they don’t have any income tax.’ Well, they’re getting their money somewhere, everybody’s structure is different.”
- Using a balanced approach to supporting municipal services
- City heightens efforts to tax some rentals
- Del Mar reduces parking fees to encourage shopping
- Reservoir fees to go up
- Forgo the rental tax
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