Carolina Beach Ad-hoc Parking Committee suggests council create permanent residential parking

Carolina Beach Ad-hoc Parking Committee holds first meeting
Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 7:54 AM EDT
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CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - The Carolina Beach Ad-hoc Parking Committee held its first meeting on Thursday night.

The committee was formed to review the town’s parking programs and bring its recommendations to the town council workshop on September 27.

Public parking in Carolina Beach currently costs $5 per hour up to $25 per day for most spaces from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. between March 1 and October 31. From November 1 to February 28, normal spaces are $2 per hour up to $10 per day. Learn more here.

“It’s a great step that council understands that folks are not happy about some of the things that are in our new parking regulations,” said Vice-Chair of the Committee Jeff Hogan. “And I think it’s a great step for them to ask a parking committee to come up and make recommendations.”

Thursday night’s agenda focused on residential parking throughout the town. The committee approved a motion to suggest to town council that there should be permanent residential parking, as many locals find tourists taking over their driveways to avoid paid parking.

“Every single weekend, they got cars that are pulling up there and parking in there, what they think is their yard,” said Hogan. “And then you know, unloading all the beach chairs and coolers and headed to the beach for the weekend.”

The committee says, with the advancement in technology there should be a way to differentiate who is a resident or not by their license plates. They say, they’ll have to find a way to work around guests of locals or renters.

After meeting one of six, committee members hope that by September they’ll have resolutions for neighbors concerned over the parking situation.

“The recommendations we make, hopefully will be a win for the experience,” said Chair of the Committee Wayne Rouse. “And by the experience, I mean, the experience of the business owner in Carolina Beach, the experience of the person who decided to move here and make their home here.”

The meetings will be held in the Town Council Chambers at 1121 North Lake Park Blvd beginning at 5 p.m. every other Thursday until September 15.

Public parking in Carolina Beach currently costs $5 per hour up to $25 per day for most spaces from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. between March 1 and October 31. From November 1 to February 28, normal spaces are $2 per hour up to $10 per day. Learn more here.

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