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What are other ways to pay my Clearwater (FL) parking citation?

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Pay by Phone (Automated System): Using this option, you can pay your citation anytime by calling the toll free number (800) 969-6158. MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover cards are accepted for payments. Please note that a $3.50 convenience fee will be added to each credit card transaction.

Pay by Phone (by speaking to a Customer Service Representative): You can call (727) 298-3660 from 8AM-5PM eastern time, Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) to speak to a City Customer Service representative to pay your citation. MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover cards are accepted for payments. Please note that a $3.50 convenience fee will be added to each credit card transaction.

Pay in Person: You can pay your citation in person from Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm at the Garden Ave. Parking Garage, 28 N. Garden Ave., Clearwater. You can your citation in Cash or by using MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover cards. A $3.50 convenience fee will be added to each credit card transaction. You can also place your payment (no cash) and ticket in an envelope and deposit in the Drop Box located at the Garden Ave Garage, 28 N. Garden Ave, Clearwater. Payments received after 5 p.m. on the due date will be considered late and will incur additional fines.

Pay by Mail: Please make a Check or Money Order payable to the City of Clearwater and mention Ticket Number and Vehicle License on the check or money order. Total amount due must be received before dates shown on front of ticket to avoid additional fines.

You can mail your payment and ticket in envelope addressed to:
City of Clearwater Parking System
Citation Processing Center PO Box 4460 Clearwater, FL 33758-4460

Where can I park on weekends or during downtown special events in Clearwater, FL?

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All downtown city parking facilities are available (unless posted for an event) and offer parking free of charge on weekends, holidays, and weeknights after 6 p.m. (after 7 p.m. at the Garden Avenue Garage or Station Square Garage).

Do vehicles with handicap tags have to pay to park in the City of Clearwater?

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Vehicles with handicap tags parked at a metered space in the city of Clearwater do not have to pay for parking, but all posted time limits and restrictions must be followed. However, vehicles parked in a cashier-operated facility or parking garage must pay unless they have a Florida Toll Exemption or a specially equipped vehicle (ramps, lifts, hand controls).

How long do I have to contest a parking ticket issued in Clearwater, FL?

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All dispute requests of Clearwater parking tickets must be registered within 15 calendar days of the ticket issue date by calling (727) 298-3660 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

What happens when tangible taxes are not paid in Pinellas County?

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Beginning April 1, unpaid accounts in Pinellas County accrue interest at 1.5 % a month, plus additional costs. According to Florida law, the names of people or businesses with unpaid tangible personal property taxes are advertised in the newspaper. The cost of advertising is added to the delinquent tax bill. A written lien (also called a warrant) is then issued on all unpaid accounts, and a certified notice is sent to the owner named on the tax roll.

If taxes are still not paid, the Pinellas County Tax Collector must petition the Circuit Court to have a judge “confirm” the warrant that authorizes the Tax Collector to seize and sell the personal property to pay the taxes. The court costs are added to the delinquent tax bill, along with a delinquent collection fee of 15%. If the property cannot be located or is sold for less than the amount due, all other personal property of the taxpayer is subject to seizure and sale.

When are tax bills mailed and due in Pinellas County, Florida?

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Pinellas County Tax Collector mails tax notices on the last business day of October every year. Taxes can be paid from Nov. 1 through March 31. They become delinquent on April 1.

Can I receive benefits in Florida if I am placed on part-time work?

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If your employer reduces your hours against your will, you may be eligible for partial benefits. If you are earning less than $275 in gross earnings per week, you can file a claim to determine if you would be eligible to receive partial payments.  

What is Reemployment Assistance?

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The State of Florida's Unemployment Insurance was rebranded with the name Reemployment Assistance to reflect the comprehensive goal of assisting Floridians find work during periods of unemployment through monetary assistance when eligible and training through Florida’s CareerSource centers.  

How/Where do I file a claim for unemployment benefits in the State of Florida?

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You can file a claim online via Florida’s CONNECT claims system by clicking the FILE NOW button above.  

If you cannot file a claim online because of legal reasons, computer illiteracy, language barriers, or disabilities you may call 1-800-681-8102. Your claim can be filed by phone 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday.  

When do employment benefit claims begin in Florida?

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 Your claim is effective Sunday of the week you complete your application. By the Florida state law, the first week of a claim for which you would have been eligible for payment is an unpaid week. This week is considered your “waiting week.”  

Who pays for my Reemployment Assistance (RA) benefits?

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Florida employers pay for RA through a tax managed by the Florida Department of Revenue. It is one of the employer's business costs. Workers do not pay reemployment taxes.  

How are my unemployment benefits calculated in the State of Florida?

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The wages used to determine your benefit amounts are the first four of the last five calendar quarters.

For example, Claims filed in October 2019 use wages earned between 10/01/2018 through 09/30/2019.

Once the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has the wages on record, they verify the following to determine if you are eligible for benefits:

  • $3400 minimum gross earnings during base period.
  • You must have a minimum of two quarters of covered wages.
  • Total base period gross wages must be more than 1.5x the highest wage quarter.

Once they complete those checks, the last steps are simple:

  • Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)
    WBA is the highest quarter divided by 26 OR the weekly amount $275, whichever is less
  • Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)
    MBA is your total base period wages divided by 4 OR the yearly maximum, whichever is less

What is the maximum amount of unemployment benefits I can receive in the State of Florida?

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Florida maximum benefits adjust every year based on the previous year’s unemployment rates.

2019 Claim Maximums: 12 weeks                   
Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA): $275            
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA): $3300    

2020 Claim Maximums: 12 weeks
Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA): $275
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA): $3300

Please note that these can be adjusted in times of severe events & you will need to check with the DEO if there are any changes. 

Does the State of Florida offer any expedited processing of Unemployment Insurance due to Coronavirus COVID-19?

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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the waiving of the requirement to wait a week to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits through May 8, 2020. The waiting week has been waived so eligible Floridians may receive the support they need to help recover from the current economic impacts of COVID-19.

Who is eligible to register to vote?

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To be eligible to register to vote you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • Be a legal resident of Florida;
  • Be a legal resident of the county in which you seek to be registered;
  • Be at least 16 years old to preregister or at least 18 years old to register and vote;
  • Not be a person who has been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored; and,
  • Not be a person who has been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find the list of all Community Health Centers in Florida?

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Florida’s Community Health Centers deliver high-quality, community-based comprehensive health care services to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. With 600-plus locations statewide, Community Health Centers serve more than 1.6 million patients every year, ensuring that all Floridians receive the health care they need in a way that’s economical for taxpayers.

You can find the list of all Community Health Centers here. Alternatively, you can search for them by your address here: https://www.fachc.org/find-a-health-center#/

Are there any toolkits from the State Department of Health?

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You can access the list of all official toolkits from Florida State DOH here

How to Renew Business License Online in the City of Clearwater?

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How to Pay Parking Citation Online in the City of Clearwater?

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How to Pay Utility Bill Online in the City of Clearwater?

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How to Pay for Traffic Citation Online in the City of Clearwater?

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How to Pay Property Tax Online in the City of Clearwater?

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How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits Online in the City of Clearwater?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Unemployment Benefits Online here.

How to Register to Vote Online in the City of Clearwater?

You can access all the information on how to Register to Vote Online here.

How to Pay for Traffic Citation Online in the City of Clearwater?

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How to Corona COVID-19 Response Online in the City of Clearwater?

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How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Clearwater?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Vehicle Registration Online here.

How to Driver License Renewal Online in the City of Clearwater?

You can access all the information on how to Driver License Renewal Online here.

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