New parking service launches in Del Mar
By Kristina Houck
A new parking service has launched in Del Mar — just in time for the busy summer season.
Whether dining at a downtown restaurant or shopping at a local boutique, community members and visitors can now park at the Ranch and Coast Plastic Surgery lot in the evenings on weekdays and all day on weekends.
“A lot of people are reticent to park in private lots,” said Dr. Paul Chasan, founder and medical director of Ranch and Coast Plastic Surgery, which opened at 1431 Camino del Mar in February 2011. “I thought GoSpot Parking would be perfect, because once you put a public parking sign on our lot, people will feel comfortable parking here. This is the first time we’re trying this in Del Mar.”
Founded in 2013 and based in Austin, Texas, GoSpot Parking allows building owners to rent their unused parking spaces to people for a small fee. To utilize the service, users visit www.gospotparking.com, enter their license plate information and make an electronic payment.
“The city gets to increase the supply of public parking, drivers get more spots to park in, and building owners get paid for letting others use their parking spaces,” said David Jaros, founder of GoSpot Parking.
The GoSpot Parking program launched in late April at Ranch and Coast Plastic Surgery’s parking lot. It is the company’s first lot outside of Austin.
“Parking is so tight, especially during the beach and race season,” said Jaros, whose Del Mar friend initially expressed interest in bringing the program to the city. “It seems to be addressing a need out there.”
In September 2011, the Del Mar City Council adopted an ordinance that permits public parking in the city’s central commercial zone when businesses are closed. GoSpot Parking’s permit is the first under this ordinance.
“They specialize in after-hours parking,” said Matt Bator, a senior planner with the city. “The company seems to be a good fit for what the code allows.”
Of the 18 spots in the lot, 14 are approved for off-hours public parking.
Two spots remain reserved for Pebbles by the Beach, a clothing boutique that’s attached to Ranch and Coast Plastic Surgery and open on the weekends. The remaining two spots are handicapped accessible spaces.
The lot is open for public parking for $2 from 7-9 a.m. every day, for $6 from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and for $8 all day on Saturday and Sunday.
“A lot of people don’t want to come and do business in Del Mar because of the parking issue,” Chasan said. “If we do this, maybe others will do this. All you need is a few lots doing it and people will know that they can come to Del Mar and park.”
For more information about GoSpot Parking, visit www.gospotparking.com.