Carolina Beach Makes It Easier To Pay Recently Increased Parking Fees

Carolina Beach Makes It Easier To Pay Recently Increased Parking Fees

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 17 July 2018 17:53

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach recently increased parking rates July 1st, in order to help fund the 2018-2019 budget. Now the Town has announced a new service to help make it easier to pay for parking at meters and in parking lots.

The Town has partnered with SP Plus, the company contracted to manage the Town's parking enforcement program, to provide a way for people to pay for parking using an app on their mobile phone.

According to a release issued by the Town, "The Town of Carolina Beach is partnering with SP Plus Corporation, a leading national provider of parking, ground transportation, and related services, and ParkMobile to provide visitors a more convenient way to pay for parking using their mobile devices and the ParkMobile App. To use ParkMobile, customers can register for free through the app for iPhone, Android or online at Parkmobile.IO. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device.  The ParkMobile app lets users remotely view and update/add time for their parking spot."

“As part of SP+'s continued commitment to working with the Town of Carolina Beach and ParkMobile, we are excited to provide a customer-centric, on-street payment app solution for stakeholders, visitors and residents,” commented Robert Kamper, Vice President of Municipal Services at SP+.

According to the Town, "The ParkMobile App is now ready to use in Carolina Beach and will make paid parking easier for everyone!  Visit the Town’s website at www.carolinabeach.org to learn more.  Parkmobile, LLC is a leading provider of parking solutions in North America, helping millions of people easily find and pay for parking on their mobile device. Other North Carolina cities using the app are Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, and Raleigh.  For more information, visit Parkmobile.IO or @Parkmobile on Twitter. You may also contact Jeff Perkins, CMO of ParkMobile at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 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.

Prior to July 1st, parking enforcement was from 8am to 7pm. The Council approved expanding enforcement to 10pm. The increased rates and expanded hours of enforcement began 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 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 increased from $10 to $20 and allows free parking at lots and metered spaces. Non-resident annual parking decals increased from $75 to $150.

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

Golf cart permits increased for residents from $10 a year to $20, and for non-resident cart permits, the fee increased 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 increased from $150 to $200. Daily passes increased from $30 to $40. Holiday passes increased from $50 per day to $60 per day for holiday weekends such as July 4th. Camping passes increased from $20 per day to $30.

The Freeman Park Early Bird Special increased 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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