The lot is well posted but you would be amazed how many people ignore the signs and stop off here anyway. And the sign is in English, Spanish and Creole. So where's the excuse for stupidity and in what language is that written? In green, that's where.
Being a tourist is no excuse at all for being lame. Then the police get the call that "My car's been stolen!" Luckily the tow companies are required to check in with the police to make sure the car isn't stolen so dispatchers can tell the unhappy driver the vehicle has been towed by owner of the private property. That makes themselves really happy because it was never their fault they ignored the signs.
The sign says what you need to know, and they say the basic fee is $235. That or pay to park properly.
God knows the city has made it easy to pay for any meter west of Elizabeth Street. Cash or credit card, select the amount of time and get a receipt for the dashboard, good at any meter and if you move you can park at another meter as long as the ticket is valid.
Motorcycle parking is free in designated spots all over town, which is even better. If you have to part at 400 Whitehead Street there is paid parking in a lot across from the post office if you prefer that to feeding a meter about a buck fifty an hour.
Parking is such an issue in old town Key West it seems about as unlikely to be solved as the Palestinian Question or what to do with Greece's national debt. So we trundle on towing and arguing and disagreeing and getting mad at our neighbors.
I know commuting doesn't help climate change but it sure is nice to live in a stilt house in the 'burbs with ample parking underneath, and a motorcycle to ride to town to try to find some of that free motorcycle parking.
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