TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WECT) - Currently, you do not have to pay to park at Topsail Beach, but leaders are looking into the issue. The question of adding parking meters was brought up at a recent board meeting.
Town leaders are in the process of researching the idea. Town Manager, Tim Holloman, says money is a big issue, while the meters would bring in revenue they would also cost money to build. He also says that a big draw of beaches is that people do not have to pay to park. Another concern is how the change would affect current residents.
He says more research needs to be done before leaders look at the issue during the retreat in February.
"It could go either way," said Holloman. "I think in these times when you are looking for revenues to maintain different things and not have the burden on all the tax payers there is a high probability that parking meters of some shape or fashion will take place in the next two to three years."
He says there will most likely be a public hearing before a decision is made.
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