New Parking Rates And Expanded Enforcement Hours Start July 1st

The Carolina Beach Town Council voted June 12th to raise parking rates and extend hours of enforcement.  Currently enforcement runs from April 1st to October 31st. Parking is free during the off-season months. The change will raise the rate from $2.00 to $2.50 per hour for metered spaces and the daily rate in Town owned parking lots from $10 to $17.  Parking enforcement currently ends at 7pm. On July 1st, enforcement will be expanded to 10pm. The Carolina Beach Town Council voted June 12th to raise parking rates and extend hours of enforcement. Currently enforcement runs from April 1st to October 31st. Parking is free during the off-season months. The change will raise the rate from $2.00 to $2.50 per hour for metered spaces and the daily rate in Town owned parking lots from $10 to $17. Parking enforcement currently ends at 7pm. On July 1st, enforcement will be expanded to 10pm.

New Parking Rates And Expanded Enforcement Hours Start July 1st Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 27 June 2018 23:38

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council approved the 2018-2019 fiscal budget during their June 12th, meeting. In addition to raising water, sewer and stormwater rates by 11.5% and raising parking and Freeman Park rates, golf cart permit fees and other fees, the Council approved expanding the hours for parking enforcement.

Currently parking enforcement is from 8am to 7pm. The Council approved expanding enforcement to 10pm.

The increased rates and expanded hours of enforcement will begin July 1st.

In May Council discussed the proposal to raise the metered rates from $2.00 per hour to $2.50 per hour and to raise the daily rate in parking lots from $10 to $17.

Town Manager Michael Cramer estimates that will generate an additional $343,545.00 per year.

In the current 2017-2018 fiscal year budget, parking revenues were estimated at $1,007,200. Of those revenues, the Town contracts with a parking enforcement company to manage enforcement and collections from meters, pay stations and parking citations as well as managing the entrance to Freeman Park for four-wheel drive access to the beach beyond the end of Canal Drive.

Annual resident parking passes will increase from $10 to $20 and allows free parking at lots and metered spaces. Non-resident annual parking decals will increase from $75 to $150.

Parking tickets will increase from $15 to $30 and if not paid after 15 days, the penalty increases to $60.

Golf cart permits will increase for residents from $10 a year to $20, and for non-resident cart permits, the fee will increase from $75 to $100 per year.

Those and other fee increases will bring in a total of $343,545.00 in additional revenue to balance the budget.

Council also voted to increase rates at Freeman Park for four-wheel drive access to the beach beyond the end of Canal Drive.

An annual pass will increase from $150 to $200. Daily passes will increase from $30 to $40. Holiday passes will increase from $50 per day to $60 per day for holiday weekends such as July 4th. Camping passes will increase from $20 per day to $30.

The Freeman Park Early Bird Special will increase from $75 for an annual pass to $150. Those passes are available only in person at Town Hall and other locations in Town during a portion of December and serves as a way for the Town to offer a discount to residents that can't otherwise be offered by law. Those Early Bird passes can't be purchased online or by mail. All of the Freeman Park increases will generate an estimated $597,800.00 additional revenue.

SP Plus Municipal Services is responsible for ticket issuance, ticket payments, appeals, as well as meter collection and maintenance.

The Town has 13 pay parking lots that use single pay-stations to issues parking receipts that are placed on the dashboard.

At the parking meters you may pay using $10, $5, $1, nickels, dimes and quarters.  Visa and Master Card may be used as well. Take note that pay-stations do not give change. Parking fees restart at 8:00 AM in all of the Town's parking lots and parking meters.  Parking for more than 24 hours at a time is  not permitted.
All parking spaces designated "Handicap" are free with the display of a handicap parking placard. Parking meters are used at some short-term parking lots and parking spaces along various streets throughout Town.

If you have three or more outstanding tickets, your vehicle may get the boot, also known as a vehicle immobilization device that will only be removed when the tickets are paid within 24 hours. After that, the vehicle may be towed away at the owners expense until the fines are paid.

Vehicles that have a parking permit are allowed to park without paying, however, the parker must abide by the time restrictions and other regulation for the parking lot or space. Parking permits can be purchased at the Town Hall Billing Window or online at the Town's website www.carolinabeach.org

By placing a parking permit on your vehicle you will be allowed to park in Town Pay Station lots and Single Space Metered Spaces.  Vehicles that have parking permits may use 2 hour timed spaces but are not allowed to exceed the 2 hour maximum per space, per block, per day rule.  Parking for more than 24 hours at a time is not permitted in any of the Town’s parking facilities.

The Town of Carolina Beach Parking phone number is (910) 458-4614 and fax number is (910) 458-4705.

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