Carteret County Towns Will Charge For Beach Access Parking Again

By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith
By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith

Some beach towns in the east have decided to continue charging for beach access parking this summer.

The town of Emerald Isle says they will charge$10 for all day parking again at the eastern and western ocean regional access on weekends and holidays, starting around Easter. Mayor Trace Cooper says Atlantic Beach will also continue to charge for beach access parking this year starting sometime in mid may.

"Our program will charge 5 dollars for a half day and 10 dollars for a whole day and then we'll probably pick a couple of weekdays where we don't charge at all and have free parking in the middle of the week," said Mayor Cooper.

Atlantic Beach brought in $120,000 dollars last year and Emerald Isle brought in $11,000. Both towns say the funds were used to maintain beach facilities including covering the cost of lifeguards and maintenance.

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  • by local Location: mhc on Feb 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Atlantic beach is not that great, it has gone down hill fast, why would someone want to pay 10 dollars to just park. No more jungle land. No more circle. Look back 10 years ago... AB was the place to go. Now its just old people complaining
  • by jrod Location: pa on Feb 12, 2012 at 04:08 PM
    I personelly agree with the charges to part in EI and AB its a good way to get revanue and keep the beaches and facilties kept up although it seems that EI is not pulling in much money from it 1100 dollars is about 1100 cars which isnt that much ab had about 12000 cars come in last year so i would say atlantic has the nicer end of it but ei better but i rent a house so i doesent matter to me
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 12, 2012 at 01:39 AM
    Charge what you wish -- there is a whole lot of beach from NC to Key West that don't. When you tourism goes in the faded red line see what you think.
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      by See you later on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:24 AM in reply to Shine
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
    I don't mind paying the fee but they should allow locals to buy session passes or something and actually make a larger parking area.
  • by g-man Location: greenville on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    good for ab thelittle money they brig in will be good
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    I'd rather go to Myrtle Beach anyway.
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      by Myrtle beach is a dump on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM in reply to
      You would want to go there...
  • by Stone Location: ENC on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    The Beachs are only screwing themselves.I know of a number of people who would rather go out of state than to line some pockets of politicos.Don't buy that they put that money back into the beachs.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:10 AM
    This is purely and simply a method to discourage lower income people from stopping in the area. Can you say poor people, lower ranking military personnel, etc. Keep the riff-raff out.
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      by I hope they succeed. on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM in reply to
      To many rednecks down there already. Sorry to say it, but poor people don't belong on the beach anymore. Money rules. At leas they still have the lakes and rivers for a while at least....
  • by jim Location: princeton on Feb 11, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    well i will give my money to the bogue inlet pier again this year for summer parking pass.
  • by Tom Location: USA on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    Great AB and EI...since the revenues generated by this "necessary" tax on beach-goers are as cited, it shouldn't be that difficult to audit exactly how the funds were spent - and for exactly what "necessary" services to the public. If the services funded are legitimate, but purely discretionary, every mayor and council member who supported it should be canned in the next election - because they're simply being opportunistically greedy at the expense at locals who frequent area beaches.
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