Paid Parking Begins Earlier This Year In Carolina Beach: March 1st

Paid Parking Begins Earlier This Year In Carolina Beach: March 1st

Paid Parking Begins Earlier This Year In Carolina Beach: March 1st Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 24 February 2021 02:34

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -  Break out your wallets, the Town of Carolina Beach will begin enforcing their paid parking enforcement program on March 1st. Enforcement will run through October 31st.
The Town began selling 2021 parking, re-entry, and golf cart decals on January 1st.
In 2020 the Town Council raised rates and changed the annual start date for enforcement from April 1st to March 1st.
The Carolina Beach Town Council voted Tuesday March 10th, to raise parking fees.
The Town Council discussed increasing parking rates during their February 25th, 2020 meeting. The proposal increased hourly rates in Town owned pay-parking lots from $2.50 and hour to $5 an hour and from $17 per day to $20 per day. That's based on paid lots operated by other property owners that charged the same rates in   2019 and were well utilized by people parking to visit the beach or local establishments.
The Town currently has 19 paid parking lots that charge a fee for parking from April to October from 8am to 10pm. During the off-season parking is free at lots and on-street metered spaces.
That proposal changed the season which in 2020 was from April through November and in 2021, from March 1st to October 31st. Some lots such as the one at the Carolina Beach Lake were restricted to two-hour parking. Rates for parking meters were increased to from $2.50 to $5.00 per hour to discourage people from parking in those spaces in front of businesses to visit the beach rather than parking in long-term spaces in the paid parking lots. The Town will stop enforcing the two-hour parking limit after 8pm in order to not ticket people attending night time events during the busy tourism season.
Parking Decals
• Resident: $ 40.00
• Non-Resident: $ 175.00
• CBD Employee: $ 100.00
Golf Cart/LSV Permits
• Resident $ 40.00
• Non-Resident: $ 100.00
Metered Parking Rates
• Without time restrictions: $ 5.00/hour or $20.00/day
• With 2-hour time restrictions: $ 3.00/hour
    o Time restrictions end at 8:00 p.m.
Parking Lot Rates
• Vehicles and small trucks:
• Canal Dr., Weeks, and Atlanta Ave. lots $ 3.00/hour or $17.00/day
• All other lots $ 5.00/hour or $20.00/day
• Limos and oversized vehicles $ 5.00/hour or $20.00/day
Parking Violation Fees
• Citation amount: $ 50.00
• With non-payment penalty (after 7 days) $ 60.00
• With non-payment penalty (after 15 days) $ 80.00
Handicap Parking: No charges shall be administered to parking lot patrons that are displaying valid handicap documentation and are in a designated handicap parking place. The citation amount charged for 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.
On January 12th, the Council voted to purchase new pay-stations for various paid parking lots as well as new "boots" or "vehicle immobilization"devices which are fixed to the tires of vehicles with three or more unpaid parking tickets. All fines must be paid to have to "boots" removed or else the vehicle is towed away andthe owner will then have to pay the fines, a fee for towing and a fee for storage of the vehicle until the fines are paid.

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