Parking Meters In Manhattan Beach Bagged For Christmas Season

Parking meters throughout the city of Manhattan Beach will be bagged through Dec. 27. (Photo courtesy Manhattan Beach Police Department Parking and Animal Control Office)

Parking meters throughout the city of Manhattan Beach will be bagged through Dec. 27. (Photo courtesy Manhattan Beach Police Department)

MANHATTAN BEACH (CBSLA.com) — This Christmas, you can keep the change in Manhattan Beach.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports city parking meters will be bagged for holiday shoppers starting on Friday.

Parking Meters In Manhattan Beach Bagged For Christmas Season

The bagging of the parking meters is aimed at helping local merchants boost sales and has become a tradition in the downtown and north end sections of Manhattan Beach when the city budget permits, according to Mayor David Lester.

While parking fees are waived, spaces still have time-limit restrictions and visitors must vacate the parking space within the time limit or they will be liable for an “Over-Posted Limit” violation, according to officials.

The bagging costs the city an estimated $126,000 in revenue, but for Lester, there’s much more at stake.

“It’s in the spirit of the season,” Lester said. “It’s not necessarily about the sales tax.”

However, the county-owned pier and El Porto beach parking lots will not be bagged.

City parking meters will be bagged through December 27.

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