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NC - Will the Town of Kure Beach switch to paid parking?

After being the only town in New Hanover County to have free parking, Kure Beach could soon have a paid parking system.

The town's parking committee hosted a public meeting on Jan. 6 to discuss proposals from Sp+ Municipal Services and Premium Parking Services to provide parking management services.

According to the town's request for proposals, the town aims to "explore the viability of paid parking" amid its population spiking from 2,500 to about 8,000 during the tourist season.

"As could be expected, the town's tourism industry is extremely important to its economic base and it is important to consider the parking needs of the community in the height of the tourism season," according to the request for proposals.

The town's parameters for its desired paid parking program, which are subject to change at the discretion of the Kure Beach Town Council, include enforcement beginning April 1 and ending Sept. 30 of each year. Enforcement hours would be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all parking in town spaces would be free outside of this time frame.

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