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Beach parking in Oak Island might soon cost money


OAK ISLAND, NC ( -- Oak Island Town Manager Steve Foster knew it was a hot-button issue when he proposed the town look into charging for parking. 

There is a perception it would steer visitors away from the island or impact residents negatively.

Plus, there are many questions about how it would work and be enforced.

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Are we not paying more for everything now? And now you want us to pay for parking at the beach.I'll go some where else,your accesses are not that great any way.

what these town leaders need

what these town leaders need to realize is that they are already milking these tourist way before they show up, why does anyone care to pay in beach renourishment or flood insurance then when they come down to have a vacation and see where their money has gone get hit with a parking fee, just how far do you think the turnip can be bled?

Most of the parking is

Most of the parking is reserved for residents anyhow, so it won't make much difference, as there is nowhere for visitors to park. I don't understand why these beach towns, especially like Oak Island, that has nothing to offer in the first place, feel it necessary to charge visitors to park their cars and spend their money. Pure greed.

I am a resident of OKI, I am

I am a resident of OKI, I am opposed to folks having to pay to park at the beach, but let me assure you, most spots are NOT reserved for residents. Go to SE25th Place... of the 5 spots on the beach front, 1 is for disablled, 1 for residents and 3 for others plus across the street is another 6 or 7 spots and none reserved for residents. Then go to SE26th and none of the 6 or 7 spots are reserved for residents. I know many come from Wilmington and state one of the reasons is the free parking & good family beaches - where does town counsel think these folks eat & buy their beach supplies? If they also have to pay for parking they might as well stay closer to home for their beach fun and money spending.

I am also a property owner

Now city council is charging residents and property owners a new fee of $5.00 for parking at beach. this city council is draining every dollar it can from property owners. Second highest water prices in NC ($95.00 now). high taxes, fees for sewer on undeveloped property of $576.00 per year (and increasing again next year), assessment for beach sand replacement every few years. Tourists provide income to rental agents and local stores, the bills are paid by the taxpayers that own the property on OKI. Look around, half the property on the island is for sale. Taxes, insurance and the uncontrolled spending habits of elected officials are running folks away. Property owners should be allowed to vote in local elections, not just full-time residents.

Parking Fees @ Oak Island ? Ya gotta be kidding !

The Local Govts. of Oak Island, as well as Wrightville Beach, both need to go back & enroll in a: Basic Economics 101 course @ Cape Fear Tech. With the looming recession on our State & National Ecomony approaching a major defecit - the last thing area people need is to be: 'penalized for the privilidge 'of parking -- especially @ Oak Island,N.C. . Local Govt.s like Oak Island must control their wasteful spending & budget proposals on non-income producing City expenditures -- and learn to promote tourism & growth in the local economy. Their local govt. isn't "thinking smart" - and the locals need to remind them that they work for the citizens of Oak Island, N.C. - and not the other way around. Look at the local business's that have: " bellied up " down there and then decide for yourselves which way is best to go. Its just simple Common Sense.