Surf City offering $250 visitor parking passes to help offset costs of beach nourishment

$250 parking pass now for sale in Surf City or people pay $20 daily
$250 parking pass now for sale in Surf City or people pay $20 daily(WITN)
Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 9:56 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -Surf City is now offering parking passes for non-residents, but it’s going to cost you. The $250 pass is valid from April 1 through October 15.

Starting this spring, you will have to pay to park in Surf City.

“We ended up with 3 dollars an hour and 20 dollars a day, as far as charges for paid parking,” Surf City Mayor Doug Medlin said. Despite the added expense, Medlin assures visitors there will still be plenty of free parking time, too.

“Before 9 o’clock, there’s no charge,” Medlin added. “And after 5 p.m., there’s no charge. So if you wanna come down, go dine out, you can park anywhere you want to, and there won’t be any charge for parking.”

Medlin says he has heard from numerous people around the area who have provided their thoughts on paid parking.

“We’ve had some response from people that don’t like it,” Medlin said. “But we have had more response from people that agree that we need it. And of course, the reason they’re looking at that we need it so much is the additional income that we will get for the beach nourishment project.”

Medlin says the project is very important for their beaches, which have been subject to severe erosion over the years. He said the parking fees would help cover the work costs and wants everyone to know the parking changes are well planned.

“The company that we’ve got doing it is very professional and is doing it in several other places right local here, as well as South Carolina and Virginia,” Medlin stated. “But they know what they’re doing, so they know how to run that parking.”

The town offers 10% senior and military discounts to offset the costs for people who qualify in those groups. This year is the first year Surf City is charging visitors for parking.

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