May 17, 2010 9:14 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Most free parking is disappearing from
downtown Galveston as the city replaces Hurricane Ike-damaged
meters with high-tech versions.
Ike swamped much of Galveston in September 2008.
The Galveston County Daily News reported Monday that the city
has removed more than 700 Ike-damaged meters. Updated meters,
operated by Ampco System Parking, will accept cash, credit cards
and payment via cell phones.
City spokeswoman Alicia Cahill says parking will be limited to
two hours. The meters will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Courtesy notices will be left on vehicles letting drivers know
that free parking is ending, except for Sundays and evenings, by
Meters will not be put in front of downtown churches, the
Rosenberg Library or the county courthouse.