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NC - What Will It Cost? A Closer Look at Surf City’s Paid Parking Plan

SURF CITY, N.C. (WECT) - Paid parking, it’s become a topic of debate for beach towns across Southeastern North Carolina for some time now.

As the population in the region continues to grow and beaches attract more and more tourists each year, towns that previously offered free parking are starting to realize the need to monetize the services.

In Surf City, paid parking has been an ongoing discussion and last week, the Town Council decided to hit the brakes on making a decision and proposed hosting a drop-in session where those with questions can speak with town staff and the proposed plans.

“On February 12, 2021, at 9 a.m., Town staff will be available for a 1-hour long drop in session to be held at the Surf City Welcome Center. We invite anyone with questions to come in and talk with us. Immediately following the drop in session, Council will hold a Special Meeting to continue their discussion on the implementation of the paid parking program,” according to a town press release.

Naturally, people had lots of questions about the parking program, specifically, just how much will it cost?

Well, the town has released its proposed payment scale, and, much like other beach towns in the area, residents are catching a break. The prices are also less than New Hanover County beach towns, but a full day at the beach will still cost visitors $15.

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