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Brad Rich / Carolina Coast Online

NC - Emerald Isle Board Agrees to Private Management of Beach Access Parking Lots

EMERALD ISLE — Town commissioners Monday agreed by consensus to implement private parking management at the two major beach accesses this spring, charging hourly rates instead of a flat fee of $10 per day.

The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners, during a budget and planning work session in its meeting room beside the police department, agreed to vote at its Tuesday, March 9 regular meetingon a proposed one-year agreement with NCParking to run the paid parking system at the eastern and western ocean regional accesses.

“They wanted a three- or four-year (contract), but we got one year,” town Parks and Recreation Director Alesia Sanderson said. The town wanted the one-year deal as a trial run.

“But I’m very impressed with them,” Ms. Sanderson added. “They’re very customer-friendly.”

The system will be automated.

Rates aren’t final, but according to the consensus Monday, will be $3 per hour on weekends and $2 per hour on weekdays from April 1 through mid-May. At that time, rates will jump to $4 per hour on weekends and $3 per hour on weekdays through mid-September. Subsequently, rates will then go to $3 per hour on weekends and $2 per hour on weekdays from mid-September through the end of September. On holiday weekends and “special” event weekends the charge will be $4 per hour.

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