"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." - - Marcus Aurelius
33rd trip to Aruba - May 2016
San Fran/Napa Valley - Sept. 2016
Barcelona, Mallorca, and Andorra - Nov. 2016
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.
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.
"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).
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.
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...