While serving as town manager of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Mr. Baldwin led town officials in addressing concerns regarding the community’s 322 parking meters. Both residents and visitors complained that the meters ran too quickly and did not reimburse users for remaining time.
As another source of complaints, meters in the tourist area of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea only accepted quarters, were enforced 24 hours a day, and provided 15 minutes of parking time per quarter. At the same time, meters in other areas were only active from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., accepted quarters, nickels, and dimes, and provided 30 minutes per 25 cents.
Town officials noted that each meter had been calibrated by the town’s meter repair technician, but they also acknowledged that the mechanical meters may have developed problems over the years due to weakening springs. To address the issue, Mr. Baldwin proposed a budget of $20,000 to improve the meters.