GALVESTON -

Galveston's controversial fee parking is generating revenue, according to the city's public information officer.

Elizabeth Rogers tells Local 2 that the fee for parking along Seawall Boulevard has generated a little shy of $200,000 so far.

The referendum was approved in 2011, and the program started on July 27.

Visitors to the Seawall are able to use a mobile app, the internet, or a mobile phone to pay for parking.

The parking transactions are transmitted in real-time to reflect payment status to parking ambassadors and patrol cars.

It will cost you $1 an hour or $8 a day.

Annual parking passes are also available for $25.

The paid parking will be in effect from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. everyday.

The paid parking areas will include the north and south sides of Seawall Boulevard from 6th to 69th Street and 81st to 103rd Street.

The area between 69th and 81st Street will be free of charge.

All parking payments are associated to your license plate and are non-transferable, eliminating the need to display a receipt on your vehicle’s dash, or to display a sticker or hanging tag.

According to Galveston's city manager, all the money collected from parking will be used for improving the beach.