The Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners is moving forward with proposed changes to the paid beach parking program.
The Board was introduced to different scenarios by Parks and Recreation Director Alesia Sanderson during its 2021-22 Budget Workshop on Monday, February 15.
The topic is expected to garner an official vote at the Tuesday, March 9, meeting. Once a contract has been agreed upon, all equipment, parking enforcement and personnel will be provided by NCParking, which manages similar parking programs from Maine to Florida.
Since 2011, paid parking has taken place on Fridays-Sundays, and holidays, for $10 per day at the two main beach accesses using part-time Emerald Isle staff. Changes are being sought to alleviate the staffing need and to collect enough funds to offset rising costs associated with the beach accesses, including lifeguards, beach patrol, maintenance and more.
The board intends to sign a one-year contract with NCParking to provide paid parking services between April 1 and Sept. 30. Paid parking will then be seven days a week, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. during the season. The average cost would be $3 an hour, with a daily maximum for parking set at $16 a day. Fees will range from $2 - $4 an hour, depending on the day.
Parking can be paid for using a credit card through an app, or through an on-site kiosk with the help of NCParking ambassadors.
There will be zero up-front cost to the Town for this program, and the projected net revenue for the season is $155,940.
All town property owners and those who have a lease of 12 months or more in town are eligible for two free parking passes each year. From March 1 – April 14, resident parking permits can be obtained online only at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/application-for-regional-access-parking-permit. Applicants must upload their vehicle registration and driver’s license. Starting April 15, the permits can also be accessed through the walk-up window at the Police Department, at 7500 Emerald Drive.
Contact Alesia Sanderson with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 252-354-6350.