CREATED Oct. 1, 2013
NAPLES, Fla. - Finding parking at the beach can be a real pain, and when you do find a spot you have to pay for it. But what if, on top of all of that, you get a parking ticket, before the meter even runs out?
"I swiped my credit card through the machine, put in spot 118," Zachary Young said.
Young parked his car in a public lot to spend a few hours at Naples Beach off Park Shore Drive.
"I had paid for an hour and a half worth of parking and there was 27 minutes left previous on the spot," Young said.
If you do the math, that gives Young just shy of two hours of parking. But when he came back to the car an hour and 45 minutes later, he had a $32 ticket.
Young snapped a photo of the parking meter that showed he still had more than four minutes left on his spot.
"I felt like it wasn't fair," Young said.
So was it a technological glitch? Fox 4 went to Naples Code Enforcement to find out, but no one was there who could comment.
In the meantime, Young is fighting his ticket. He got a copy of his credit card bill that says he paid for parking at 3:50 p.m. The time stamp on the parking ticket is 4:17 p.m., less than a half hour later.
"I'm discouraged because you don't want to go to the beach, relax on the beach and sit there worrying you're going to get a ticket and have to pay more fines on top of the amounts you pay to park already, it's crazy," Young said.
Young hasn't paid the fine and has filed an appeal with the city, but he says he is concerned this could happen to others who may not be as lucky as he is.
"If you paid cash, how do you prove it?" Young said.
And next time he goes to the beach, Young said he will be extra cautious when it comes to parking.
"I will definitely be keeping my eye out," Young said.