City of Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach begins $3-an-hour paid parking ahead of summer

Wrightsville Beach’s seasonal paid parking kicks in Friday with a new hourly fee of $3, which goes toward several project including beach renourishment.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- Those blissfully warm winter days when you steal away to the beach and don’t have to pay a dime for parking have come to an end.

Friday marks the start of the paid parking season at Wrightsville Beach and a day of sand and sun will cost you a bit more this year.

In Wrightsville Beach, hourly parking rates will increase from $2.50 to $3 at paid parking stations. However, the daily rate of $17 has not changed.

The uptick allows the town to put more funding into various projects and accounts that benefit from parking revenue, including beach renourishment.

This year’s collected fees will also go to fund a second parking enforcement ranger, who will mostly oversee enforcement in the off hours.

Mayor Bill Blair said the swell of visitors to the beach has made it more work than one ranger can handle.

Blair said he knows parking rate hikes are never popular, but they are necessary to keep the increasingly popular destination clean and well maintained.

“We want to keep what people want from Wrightsville Beach intact and they want a very nice, clean beach they can count on for their families,” he said.

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