Carolina Beach Town council to discuss aggressive towing

Posted by Debra Worley - email

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Town Alderman in Carolina Beach are trying to fine tune the town's towing ordinance, and will have a public hearing regarding the towing ordinance September 8.

They say they have received several complaints from citizens and tourists regarding some towing companies that are overly aggressive.

According to town leaders, some people have had their cars towed while they were running inside a hotel to check-in or dropping their child off at a babysitter's house.

"It's seasonal, and these folks come down and expect for a quality of stay," said Carolina Beach Alderman Alan Gilbert.  "Their expectations are very high. I don't think in the back of their mind, they're thinking the first thing they need to do is hang a sticker or place a sticker that they're going to get towed. For the face of Carolina Beach, we have a black eye this season because of the over aggressiveness of some of the towing companies."

Gilbert said one of his suggestions is to allow drivers a 30 minute grace period before their car is towed.

"I hope they take into consideration that this is a tourist town, and people do want to come here to hang out on the beach," said tourist Eric Hagan. "At least there needs to be signs letting people know how the parking works around here - at the very least."

Tuesday's Carolina Beach Town Council meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

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