New Beach Parking Fees Enforced This Weekend

Local beaches are starting to get crowds, especially for the long Easter weekend. A reminder to drivers- some parking areas that used to be free are now charging a fee.

Many new signs line front street, in Beaufort, clearly marking the 3 hour and 5 hour parking areas. They're not the only areas with parking changes. Last weekend Emerald Isle started enforcing their $10 all-day parking fees for their eastern and western ocean regional accesses. These fees will be enforced on weekends and holidays through September 30th. Even with the fees, many visitors are still willing to pay for closer beach access.

"We came here yesterday and I didn't know for the weekends that you had to pay so we just came down here, and I didn't feel like looking for another place to go so we just paid," said Emerald Isle Tourist Katie Richardson.

Down the road at Atlantic Beach parking is still free but they are looking at charging for parking from May through September.

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  • by SFelts Location: New Bern NC on Apr 25, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    This Story went public months ago. Months ago I made a online petition here> Like the previous news story all of you will moan and groan. But you wont do anything about it. If you really care flood the Town Manager, Town Commissioners ,Mayor of Both Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach with emails,and phone calls and raise as much H$LL as you can. Let your voices heard. Sign the petition and pass the petition to all your friends and family. And Yes Atlantic Beach is going to start charging 10.00 a day also... Either do something about it or give up. The choice is yours.
  • by Beach Location: Salter Path on Apr 24, 2011 at 05:05 PM
    Come to Salter Path. The parking is free.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2011 at 04:14 PM
    Guess it will be less traffic on the Crystal Coast this season which is a good thing and no one will miss me there, but I sure won't pay the gas money to get there from Greenville and then on top of that insult me with a ten dollar parking fee.
  • by beach gal Location: enc on Apr 24, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    If they're going to charge for parking, then I just won't go. Or, I'll go to another beach area that doesn't charge for parking. They'll lose my business and whatever stuff I would have purchased. Oh well...Their loss. Besides, gas is high enough already.
  • by Ed Location: Enc on Apr 23, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    The beach don't need me and i sure don't need the beach,but remember that everyone has to be somewhere.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Apr 23, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    Come to the Outer Banks. Plenty of free access here.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 at 03:02 PM
    the reason town board members voted the way they did was they are too foolish to manage the town's money properly. Ordinary people live within their means.. democrats increase taxes so they can spend more money
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      by Disappointed on Apr 23, 2011 at 06:23 PM in reply to
      I've got news for you, just about everyone in Carteret County is Republican, including all the property owners on the Crystal Coast. This isn't a Democrat vs. Republican issue, this is a Rich man vs. those of us who work for a living. Go to a town meeting sometime, look at the census and voting records. Your fellow Republicans are just as talented at screwing the working man as anyone.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    I vote we should put up some nice windmills and oil rigs for the rich property owners to enjoy.
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      by boxder on Apr 23, 2011 at 06:18 PM in reply to
      Ha.....I for one love the idea!! Regular folks would still go and enjoy the beach.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 at 10:01 PM in reply to
      Maybe I will buy the property beside you and build a junkyard. I worked my arse off for my home in EI.
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      by Disappointed on Apr 24, 2011 at 05:34 AM in reply to
      Windmills, yes. Oil rigs, NO. Windmills have zero impact on the environment. As Valdez and the Gulf have shown, oil rigs are a time bomb just waiting to go off. Even a minor spill would be devastating to the shrimp and other fishing industries which our local fishermen depend on for a living. The beaches, up to the high water mark, belong to the state, ie. us the tax payer. The state has mandated that we, the taxpayers must be given access to the beach, but they didn't include anything about whether the property owners could charge us for parking. A change to state law could fix this. But as most politicians are in some rich snob's pocket anyways, that's not likely to happen.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    I live on Arendell in MHC. They are bumper to bumper since early this morning. They should make a lot of money on the $10.00 PARKING SCAM. By the way - WHERE ARE THE MHC Police officers?! THEY ARE FLYING DOWN ARENDELL AND NOT A COP TO BE FOUND!
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Apr 23, 2011 at 02:04 PM in reply to
      Your not alone; they speed through New Bern too. It's the bypass; they haven't left the Raleigh beltline mentality yet. Once they get to the cozy cottage, the laid-back lifestyle for a couple days, they'll slow down.
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        by Disappointed on Apr 23, 2011 at 03:00 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        I saw a couple patrol cars issuing tickets on Bridges street. Hope they sock it to 'em. Another summer, another wave of turons.
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      by Gomer on Apr 24, 2011 at 04:33 AM in reply to
      Why don't you go make a citizens arrest.
  • by Thomas Location: Eastern North Carolina on Apr 23, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    If you are complaning about paying 10 dollars to park, then stay home so people that actually want to be there will have a place to park. More than likely its gonna cost more than 10 dollars for the gas you put in your car. so either pay the 10 dollars or stay home
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      by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 at 03:22 PM in reply to Thomas
      That's exactly the point. People don't want to spend $10 to park at a public beach they're having to spend outrageous amounts just to get to. Also, with so many people having a "pay the 10 dollars or stay home" mentality, we'll just find another beach to go to.
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