PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Leaders in Topsail Beach will discuss the idea of paid parking during their Wednesday meeting.
Commissioner Julian Bone suggested the idea. He says for the past 50 years, the federal government has paid for beach re-nourishment projects but now they are no longer doing so, meaning municipalities have to pay more.
He says having people pay to park would help bring in more revenue.
"I think 5 to 7 to 10 for someone who wants to use the beach is a cheap price to pay to use a nice beach, you look right over there we've got garbage pickup, everything is neat and clean that doesn't get done for free," said Bone. He says the town has about 400 parking spaces, and is currently spending about $30,000 to add about 50 more.
He's suggesting a paid parking model that would be similar to the one in Atlantic Beach. Instead of building parking meters, which cost around $50,000, he is proposing having people purchase annual or daily passes. Right now leaders are discussing have the daily passes cost $5 or $7.
These are all preliminary discussions, and no decision has been made yet regarding whether Topsail will start to charge for parking.
If they were to go ahead with the project, Bone says there could be paid parking this summer.
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