No Boats On Public Streets

If you have a boat in one coastal town, you will want to make sure you keep it off public streets along with the trailer or you could be fined.

An amendment to a Beaufort Town Ordinance will go into the effect on December 1st prohibiting trailers from being parked on city streets for more than an hour.

Fines will be 50 dollars for each offense.

Police say an attempt to notify the owner will be made before any citation is handed out.

According to police the boats and trailers have become safety hazards and can contribute to accidents because some may block a drivers line of sight. They also say it takes up valuable parking spots downtown.

But some disagree and say once the law goes into effect, a boat will be expensive to store.

Construction workers and contractors can get a special waiver for trailers from police.


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  • by Andrew Location: Ashby on Nov 30, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    Let's say my mom and dad had a boat and they wanted to park it at a local restaurant in, say, Emerald Isle. IF it was parked for, say, 2 hours, would the fine STILL be $50 if this scenario were to happen?
  • by Need to store my boat on Nov 28, 2010 at 03:16 PM
    Hey G'ville resident. Can I "store" my 28 foot boat in front of your house over the winter? Just let me know your address. Thanks!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    As a Greenville resident and non boat owner who frequents beaufort I have never been bothered by boats or trailers on the side of the road during any time of the year and I go during all times. Not sure why they think this law is necessary.
  • by Hoos Location: SC on Nov 27, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    This is ridiculous, sorry if someone's happiness (boating, fishing, gen water sports) makes it inconvenient for others to shop or dine, which to be honest I've never seen a huge boat trailer in front of a restaurant. This sickens me, and for those who say it is making the streets safer, how about driver watch out for hazards such as a boat trailer. Fix the problem don't try and pull a rug over it.
  • by LOL Location: NC on Nov 27, 2010 at 06:10 PM
    If you live in a coastal town(um...by the water) why would you want to have a boat?
  • by MKB Location: Martin County on Nov 27, 2010 at 03:44 PM
    I got your Yankee Anonymous!
  • by Hill Billy Bob on Nov 27, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    Finally, some yankee common sense to make the streets safer for driving.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 27, 2010 at 03:03 PM
    A simple solution.go somewhere else,OH! an shop somewhere else too! see how that work's out for them.
  • by jesse Location: washington,nc on Nov 27, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    You have the right to change laws and ammendments in your towns and government. You also have the power of the people to put your elected officials out of office, and we the people granted by the Constitution have the right to rise up against our government if they abuse the power we have given them. So you as a people need to call ur local congressmen/women and start complaining to them and get petitions signed to remove them from office unless said things are changed. Know your rights as the people.
  • by voter Location: nc on Nov 27, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    rich 1050; yessir,,it is just like yankeeland anymore,,,i wonder why that is?
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