A Conversation with Donald Shoup: Renowned Parking Expert Shares Insights with DIB
Posted: Oct 23, 2018 3:26 PMUpdated: Feb 1, 2019 12:13 AM
In October 2018, renowned parking expert Donald Shoup was in Pensacola giving a talk as a guest speaker at CivicCon, discussing “how to get parking right." On the following day, the Downtown Improvement Board leveraged the opportunity to invite Shoup to meet with the DIB board and management to discuss downtown parking, specifically, and to seek his insights on the district's parking system and its challenges. In his CiviCon presentation, Shoup explained his theory that parking can be vastly improved with three fundamental steps, as explained in his 2005 book, The High Cost of Free Parking. He recommended finding a more positive balance by:1. Charging the right price for on-street parking – This means charging the lowest reasonable amount to ensure that there is always a small handful of available parking spaces2. Spending the revenue from paid parking to benefit metered neighborhoods – By using the revenue from paid parking to directly benefit the areas from which it is generated, Shoup argues that the money goes into the meter, and subsequently comes back to benefit people in various ways3. Removing off-street parking requirements – Finally, Shoup posits that the combination of removing off-street parking requirements and charging the "right" price for on-street parking, will cause parking to eventually self-regulate. Without off-street parking requirements, these off-street spaces can then be given alternative uses In our continued pursuit of creating a great downtown parking experience, the DIB is taking expert opinions such as those of Donald Shoup into consideration, along with ideas and suggestions from the community, to bring about positive changes in the downtown parking experiences of visitors, residents and merchants.About CiviConCiviCon is a series of public town halls and workshops with the nation's leading thinkers and experts who share their expertise on what it takes to build strong communities. The four-year project is hosted by the Pensacola News Journal in partnership with Studer Community Institute. Click here to watch Donald Shoup’s full CivicCon talk.
New Online System Simplifies Ticket Appeals
Posted: Oct 16, 2018 2:13 PMUpdated: Dec 14, 2018 7:38 PM
Appealing a parking citation used to be a complex process – that’s why the DIB recently implemented an online ticket appeal system. Visit www.parkingticketpayment.com/pensacola and click the option “I would like to appeal my parking ticket,” then enter your ticket number to get started.  Alternatively, you can still appeal a ticket by mail by completing all the information on the back side of the ticket and providing a brief explanation before mailing the ticket to: DPMD, PO Box 12332, Pensacola, FL 32591.  Keep in mind that tickets may be appealed for up to 15 days from the original ticket date. Ticket holders have 15 days to submit an online appeal—or postmark a mailed appeal—or the appeal will be automatically denied. If your appeal is denied, an administrative fee of $15 will be automatically added to the original ticket amount.
Free parking downtown? Here's where to find it.
Posted: Oct 16, 2018 2:07 PMUpdated: Nov 10, 2018 10:19 PM
Nearly 40 percent of the downtown parking spots managed by the Downtown Improvement Board are free all day, every day. The most important thing to remember is there's a two-hour time limit on these free spots. Having a limit ensures that there is regular turnover, to give everyone equal access to free downtown parking.  Did you know that free parking is available just off Main St. in the Harborview On the Bay parking garage at W. Cedar and S. Baylen? There is also free on-street parking along Tarragona Street between Garden and Government Streets. And parking down the main downtown corridor, Palafox Street, is free as well. These are just a handful of the free parking locations downtown.In some areas the two-hour time limit has not been enforced regularly. The DIB has begun a campaign to educate the public about free parking locations as well as the two-hour limits. During a public awareness period that ends Oct. 24, parking ambassadors will issue “gentle reminders” with warning tickets for vehicles parked longer than two hours. Then, from Oct. 25-Nov. 25, they will issue official warnings (i.e., the second time a vehicle overstays, a $10 citation will be written.) The 2-hour parking limit will be fully in effect beginning Nov. 25.
DIB-Managed Parking: Positive Changes in the Works
Posted: Sep 24, 2018 6:38 PMUpdated: Dec 14, 2018 7:35 PM
Parking is a top priority for the DIB. As our district becomes more vibrant and successful, addressing parking challenges is a constant focus, and we are launching major improvements that will help us provide a more convenient, intuitive parking experience.  Forty broken and obsolete parking meters are being upgraded to modern standards. An efficient, more accurate “pay-by-plate” system is being introduced. And soon you won’t need to walk back to your car to put a parking receipt on your dash. We are also vetting a shortlist of top parking app providers to make sure we have the best choice for Pensacola. We’ll provide updates on how these changes may impact the public early and often. In the meantime, we are working to educate everyone on the importance of having your license plate number handy when you park downtown. Be sure to take a photo of your license plate or write your tag number down, as you will need it to park downtown starting Oct. 20.