Parking rates are about to go up at the most popular spots along the North Embarcadero.
Port officials approved a range of parking rate hikes on Tuesday, impacting the areas near the U.S.S. Midway Museum, Anthony’s Fish Grotto and Tuna Harbor.
Parking rates will range from $1 to $2.50 hourly depending on which part of the North Embarcadero you’re parking at – and at which time of the year. For instance, the most popular areas in the summertime will see the greatest rates.
Previously, parking along the North Embarcadero cost $1.25 per hour at all locations.
Officials said the increase in development in that area as well as the demand for parking spots drove up the costs.
“There’s been so much development along the waterfront,” said Revekka Balancier, spokeswoman for the Port of San Diego. “All of those things kind of increased demand while reducing parking availability.”
In addition to the rate hikes, Port officials decided to expand the parking fee hours to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. The previous parking hours were 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Balancier said plans to change up parking rates came after a pilot program to see how it worked at Tuna Harbor last year, which was successful.
The rate changes will take effect in mid-May.