Emerald Isle Approves Beach Parking Fees

Parking in the public access areas at one beach this summer will now, for the first time, cost visitors and residents.

Emerald Isle commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday night for the parking plan.

The five to zero vote means the city will start charging $10.00 to park at the beaches between April 1 and September 30 for those who want up close parking on the weekends and holidays.

The Town's estimated operating expenses for the two parking facilities are more than $75,000 annually. Commissioners say the change should bring in roughly $150,000 and help pay for two additional lifeguards.

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One coastal community's leaders will consider enacting parking fees by the beach Tuesday.

Emerald Isle would become the first Crystal Coast beach town to charge for parking, if officials approve it.

Emerald Isle says it spends about $74,000 each year to keep its two lots clean and maintained. The town is considering charging each car $10 to park in the lots on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. That could bring in between in up to $338,000 net profit each year, according to the town.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.


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