Carolina Beach Announces Limits For Resident Parking Decals

The Town of Carolina Beach will sell parking decals to residents to permit free parking in many areas of Town except for two lots located near the beach front on Carolina Beach Avenue North.  In those two lots, everyone pays the maximum amount per hour or per day for parking near a beach access. The Town of Carolina Beach will sell parking decals to residents to permit free parking in many areas of Town except for two lots located near the beach front on Carolina Beach Avenue North. In those two lots, everyone pays the maximum amount per hour or per day for parking near a beach access.

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 10 June 2020 23:40

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -  If you purchase a resident parking decal in Carolina Beach, your options to park for free in some Town-owned lots are now limited.

Two large Town-operated parking lots on Carolina Beach Avenue North do not allow Carolina Beach citizens to use their resident parking decals to park for free. And these two lots are within a short walk from the beach.

Sheila P. Nicholson, Executive Assistant to the Town Manager explained, "The Town of Carolina Beach has public parking lots and metered spaces from the very north end of the island to Alabama Ave. If you purchased a 2020 annual parking decal, you can park your vehicle for free in all metered spaces and town-operated lots except for two that are located on Carolina Beach Avenue North near Pelican Lane."

The lots are known as the Surfside East and Surfside West lots based on the name of the hotel that previously stood on those properties.

Those two lots are the lastest additions to the Town's paid parking portfolio and are located at 234 Carolina Beach Avenue North and 302 Carolina Beach Avenue North. According to the Town, they are also the only town-operated lots where annual parking decals cannot be used for free parking.  If you have an annual parking permit and choose to park in one of these lots, payment of the hourly/daily rate is required.

Visitors to Carolina Beach will have to check the Town's website for parking locations. The Town has limited parking options with numerous time limits and rates varying from $3 to $5 per hour, $20 per day, time limits of two hours per block, per day (or you get a ticket).

Below are some of the most common reasons parking citations are received:
• Expired meter parking
• Parking over the specified time limit
• Protrusion beyond designated parking space
• Double parking
• Parking in a controlled residential parking area without a valid residential parking permit
• Vehicles parked so as to obstruct sidewalk, private driveway, crosswalk, or bike lanes
• Vehicles parked unattended in commercial and passenger loading zones
• Vehicles parked in front of or within five (5) feet in either direction of a private driveway or road.
• Vehicles other than buses parked in a bus stop
• Vehicles parked within twenty-five (25) feet of an intersection
• Oversize vehicles parked on town streets
• Vehicles parked on medians
• Vehicles parked in "No Parking Anytime" zone

The citation amount charged for these and other parking violations is $50. If the citation remains unpaid after 7 days, a $50 penalty is added to the citation making the total due of $100.  An additional $25 penalty is added to the $100 if citation is unpaid after 14 days.
Payments for citations may be mailed mailed in or paid in-person or online.  Contact the parking office at 910-458-4614 if you have any questions regarding parking violation citations.
• Paid parking is enforced March 1st continuing through October 31st.
• Paid parking is in effect from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., seven days a week.
• Parking fees restart at 8:00 AM for all of the Town's parking lots and parking meters.
• Parking for more than 24 hours at a time is not permitted.
• Unattached trailers are not permitted at any of the Town’s parking facilities at any time.
• Parking Permits are not valid unless they are permanently attached to the vehicle’s windshield.

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