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NC - Surf City Will Consider Paid Parking Program at Special Meeting

SURF CITY, N.C. (WECT) - Surf City has been known for its free parking for those hoping to enjoy the beach without having to pay the prices of some of the neighboring beaches to the south, but now it appears the town is at least considering a paid parking program.

On Friday, the Surf City Town Council will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. to discuss paid parking, according to a public notice.

Currently, the town offers free parking at 36 different public beach accesses as well as at public parks, but the need for a paid parking system could help the town fund projects like beach nourishment.

“Implementing a parking management system will not only assist the Town in maintaining an organized and safe environment for its residents and visitors but will also assist in offsetting costs for major capital projects such as the dedicated US Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Storm Damage Reduction (beach nourishment) project,” according to Town Manager Kyle Breuer.

Another reason for the plan would be to help alleviate some of the burden that police currently have trying to enforce parking instead of focusing on other issues.

“According to Police Department statistics, the Town has seen a 170% increase in parking citations over the past three (3) years. A paid parking system with third-party enforcement will allow law enforcement to focus their efforts on the more critical needs throughout the town. The proposed parking management solution would be operated through a third-party mobile application that can be tailored to the needs of the Town as well as being user-friendly and engaging. If approved, the project would be implemented prior to the upcoming beach season,” according to Breuer.

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