City builds first paid parking lot

11-24-22
The City of Port Aransas was to build a 50,000-square-foot parking lot off Port Street. Work continued in late December. Map by Keith Petrus

The City of Port Aransas was to build a 50,000-square-foot parking lot off Port Street. Work continued in late December. Map by Keith Petrus

Work began in October 2022 on a 160-space, city-owned parking lot off Port Street. The parking lot is the first paid parking lot in the city.

Construction on the lot was slated to finish in mid-December, said Lawrence Cutrone, assistant city manager. Work had not been completed, however, as December came to a close.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Port Aransas City Council directed city staff to install an electrical conduit that could power a payment system.

The City Council hadn’t decided yet on how the payment system would work and how much would be charged for the parking lot. City Manager David Parsons said city staff had planned to bring a proposal to council in February or March, but the timeline was “very loose.”

The roughly 50,000-square- foot lot was paid for by hotel occupancy tax revenue. The construction bid was for $804,434, Cutrone said.

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