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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Ugh... I don't like them. I know them too well from living in Germany and Switzerland. It's a pain in the butt. They charge by the hour! Some allow parking only for two hours, then the car has to be moved. If the time is up and the car is still there, they will give a ticket. Many cities have them, it has nothing to do with tourism, it's just another way for the cities to collect money (from parking and the tickets for being late).

    When on vacation in Aruba, I went almost every day to Oranjestad and parked almost always at the Marketplace Mall. I LOVED the free paring and having peace of mind.
    We've had these in Minneapolis for years now. Don't like them but I deal with them every day - it is what it is. At least they take credit cards - hope the ones in Aruba do, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Amy~ View Post
    We've had these in Minneapolis for years now. Don't like them but I deal with them every day - it is what it is. At least they take credit cards - hope the ones in Aruba do, too.
    They have a website but with very little info. There is a "Parking Smartcard":

    http://aruparking.com/wp-content/upl...er-PRINTED.jpg

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    Don't ya LOVE the website with NO info
    obviously they weren't ready to roll this thing out totally

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyo View Post
    Don't ya LOVE the website with NO info
    obviously they weren't ready to roll this thing out totally
    IMO, they are wasting no time to collect money.
    Later on, they still can improve the website.

    The "Parking Smartcard" looks to me like a prepaid card so that no coins are required. However, if a tourist does not use up the amount left on the card, it's the profit for Aruba. JMO.

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    I don't see how it can be enforced unless they have marked parking spaces or an attendant at the lot by the Seaport casino. I think charging for parking at Seaport Mall and casino would definitely hurt their business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    I don't see how it can be enforced unless they have marked parking spaces or an attendant at the lot by the Seaport casino. I think charging for parking at Seaport Mall and casino would definitely hurt their business.
    Is this the only location they are charging to park? Or is it all of downtown?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Many cities have them, it has nothing to do with tourism, it's just another way for the cities to collect money (from parking and the tickets for being late).
    If Aruba is granting resident and business passes, it sounds like it is directly aimed at the tourists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    If Aruba is granting resident and business passes, it sounds like it is directly aimed at the tourists.
    Walt, they don't get a pass either. It says:
    "Residents and business permits available"

    Usually, that means that the residents and businesses have to purchase a permit, most of the it's a card which has to be places visibly inside the vehicle at the front window. The permit could cost like $100 per year (just an example).

    It depends if they are even allowed to park at the same parking place where the machine with the coins/parking smartcard is located. Many times, it's in the surrounding areas where people would then park to avoid the parking fee but many times those areas are marked "Residential Parking area only". I'm not sure if this will be the case in Aruba. Or if the residents and business owners with a parking permit can park at the same area as the tourists/coin area.

    In short: Residents and business have to pay as well (Permit).

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    Another reason to avoid downtown. Plenty of the same stores at the free parking malls and the flea markets by Certified and kiosks by Hard Rock. Only restaurants we go to in town are The Paddock and El Gaucho.

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    Will that parking by the mall strip at the port area , be effected with the parking rules??? I hope not...all those years we used to park there, and by old place of Carlos& Chatlie, on the side street...

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