Beaches Begin Charging For Parking

Going to the beach will cost you depending on where and when you go. Paid parking began this past weekend at some area beaches.

The town of Pine Knoll Shores put in paid parking this past weekend. So did Atlantic Beach. Pine Knoll Shores has 11 public accesses and are charging a $10 fee per car at 2 accesses: Memorial Park and Iron Steamer. Beach goers will only have to pay the fee on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Emerald Isle began charging for parking April 16th at its 2 regional beach accesses

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  • by bob Location: newport on May 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    I'm going to pay them 10.00 to park,but since the fee is to pay for trash collection , I'm going to bring them 20.00 worth of trash from home.After all Fair is Fair.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on May 17, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    I and several close friends and family's are boycotting all business in and around the pay to park beaches. Hope the locals can keep your businesses healthy. Join us by not spending one cent at those business. Pay to park and enjoy the beach if you must but get your supplies in Morehead or anywhere on the other side of the intracoastal waterway. The only way to change the minds of the decision makers is to make their pockets ache.
  • by joe Location: easteren N.C. on May 17, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    $10 Buck's to park They want to charge a Ferry Toll to ride to Ocracoke, gas closing in on $4.00 . Maybe just send the world apost cardof what it look's like now, because it may soon cause your area to become either an ghost town or all condos in every little inch of space make in realitors very wealthy. When or if it happens please dont ask the tax payers to send money for roads bridges replacing "SAND" Ect....
  • by joe Location: easteren N.C. on May 17, 2011 at 07:50 PM
    Hello to all of you "Beach" Town's chargeing for that space,.That $10.00 your are charing may seem petty to all of you, but in the long run you may just be running away all of the people who come to your beaches purchase gas, ice drink's food clothing, Ect.... Theses people SPEND DOLLARS IN YOUR ArEA BUSINESS' ! That $10 bucks may just keep em away . The last time my family visited your area you where like everywhere else in NEED OF THE MONEY.
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on May 17, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    Yup, I'll just do like most folks and head to Nags Head, Fort Macon or any other free beach....
  • by JD on May 17, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    With the economy, many people go to the beach as a "free" or "cheap" fun thing to do with family. Now having to pay for parking totally throws that out the window, especially for those of us who still have to pay for the gas to drive down to the beach which could be an hour or more away. This is absurb in my opinion
  • by pete Location: grifton on May 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    Carolinagirl,I wised up and did that back in 1996.better beaches.nicer people.OH! and bigger fish and more of them.
  • by Dave on May 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    I wouldn't pay 10 cents to go to some boring beach.
  • by Tourist Location: South Carolina on May 17, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    Come on down to North Myrtle Beach,SC where beaches are public, parking and access is free. We'd love to get more of your tourist dollars that are spent in our restaurants and other stores. It means more jobs, and taxable income for our community!
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      by wouldratherstayinnc on May 17, 2011 at 01:51 PM in reply to Tourist
      Ive been to myrtle beach, i ran into the rudest people ever! I have actually talked to a lot of people who have encountered the same problem. Maybe if people would work on their customer service skills and treat their visitors with a better attitude you would get more visitors during the summer.
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        by Tourist on May 17, 2011 at 10:40 PM in reply to wouldratherstayinnc
        Note that I said NORTH Myrtle Beach, not Myrtle Beach. NMB is far more family oriented. FWIW, the Grand Strand communities host about 14 million visitors each year, so someone must be doing something right.
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on May 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    If I were to go to one of these 2 accesses in emerald isle and paid my $10 a day parking fee, would i then need to repay if i went to grab lunch and came back?
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      by Beach on May 17, 2011 at 08:22 PM in reply to
      I heard that you would have to pay again if you were to leave and come back.
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