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The parking is free for all vehicles modified for the handicapped. The policy is clearly stated on the Port Canaveral website: www.portcanaveral.org. We have a van with a lift and we were parked for free. Nice benefit.
Garage at Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) charges regular parking rates with a handicapped placard - I don't know about specially outfitted vans. By the way, the garage had tons of empty parking spots, but every single handicapped parking spot was taken.
Unless they recently changed Canaveral had no problem charging me $12 a day to park even with the Handicapped Placard. Miami has always been free. Tampa Charges also was $10 a day believe it went up to $12. Port Everglades Charged also I sail all 4, my wife is totally disabled and I have the Placard. Unless changed Miami only Fla. Port with free Handicaqpped Parking.
Last edited by ElCruiso; May 6th, 2005 at 01:56 PM.
As stated earlier in this thread, the vehicle will be allowed to park for free only if it has been modified to accomodate the handicapped (e.g. lift, hand controls, etc.) I parked for free in January, but the attendant did peek inside the van.
There are special areas designed for parking for the disabled, however we do not provide free parking unless it is (1) a vehicle with specialized equipment, such as ramps, lifts, or foot or hand controls, for use by a person who has a disability, or (2) a vehicle that is displaying the Florida Toll Exemption permit (call 1-800-983-2435 #2 for an exemption form).
Parking at FL is free. We cruised with Princess in Feb 2005. Our van has a lift and when we came to the port we stopped at the entrance and the attendant looked into the van. After she made a call she came out took our paccard #, my licence # and our plate #. We were escortted to a parking spot, which happened not to be a handicap spot, and were never charged.