Savannah may double parking meter rates in historic district

Downtown Savannah, Georgia
Posted at 6:54 PM, Apr 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-23 18:54:00-04

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Parking could get a lot more expensive next year in the downtown historic district that is both Savannah's business hub and the heart of its vital tourism economy.

The Savannah Morning News reports ( the City Council is weighing a consultant's recommendations that would increase rates on some meters and extend the hours drivers would be required to pay for on-street parking.

The plan includes hiking meter rates to $2 per hour - double the current $1 hourly rate - in the busiest areas of the historic district. And parking meter enforcement would extend past 5 p.m. on weekdays and possibly into weekends.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach said the plan won't satisfy everyone "but it's a place to start." The City Council is expected to vote May 11. Changes would likely take effect next year.