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It’ll cost, but now you can park for longer in St. Petersburg

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Longer on-street parking and resident discounts will be allowed under changes to St. Petersburg’s mobile payment parking.

Residents and business owners have long complained about the lack of long-term street parking in the downtown area with two- to three-hour limits for most spaces. Under the new plan, residents can pay a premium for spending up to six hours in a space.

While they may pay more for longer on-street parking, residents registered with the Parkmobile mobile application will no longer be charged the 35-cent convenience fee.

And they’ll be able to donate to the St. Pete “Power of Change” donation program using Parkmobile. The Power of Change, which began in 2014, uses repurposed parking meters as a means to raise awareness about homelessness and to give people the option of donating their spare change through the yellow meters located throughout downtown.  Now through the Parkmobile app, anyone can donate at similar or higher levels if they so choose in a convenient manner right on their mobile device.

Drivers who want to use Parkmobile must register by downloading the mobile app in their phone’s app store or online at Once registered, they may use the mobile app, internet, or toll-free number listed on signage to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes before their parking time elapses to help them avoid parking citations.

Drivers who want to take advantage of the resident discount program must sign up. The program requires drivers to prove residency by showing two of the following documents to a valid photo ID, valid vehicle registration, or valid proof of residency. Once residency has been approved, an email will be sent within three business days confirming the discount has been applied.

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