Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star
By Mary Thurwachter
A drainage and paving improvement project in Lantana for the beach parking lot that began in February is nearing completion.
In December, the Town Council authorized a $51,000 contract for engineering services for drainage and paving improvements at the beach. Money for the work came from both the utility fund ($44,000) and the general fund ($7,000).
The project included removal of asphalt followed by a buildup of a new base rock section. Rusty and ineffective old parking meters have been replaced with two kiosks, said Mike Greenstein, the town’s director of operations.
“All the beach parking lot spaces are usable and the two kiosks are up and running,” he said. “At present, the kiosks only take coins. There is a credit card reader installed. The town is in the process of finalizing the contract to make the credit card readers operational. Once the contract is signed, the kiosks will take both coins and credit cards.”
The kiosks are paperless, meaning that no paper bills will be accepted and no receipts will be given out.
The town is also looking into a pay-by-phone option, Greenstein said.
“Next fiscal year we will add the lights, additional landscaping and irrigation.”