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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Beach weather may be a few weeks away, but you may want to take a little extra change on your next trip to Wrightsville Beach.

“I wanted to come here for the weekend and it’s really nice,” said Trinna Langdon.

For Trinna Langdon a trip to Wrightsville Beach was supposed to be a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of living in the Triangle, but she says her first trip may be her last.

“If you have to worry about where your car is parked, and going back every so often to put the money in and everything it’s really difficult, and it makes it more stressful,” said Trinna Langdon. “You need to make it easy for people to come and visit your town. If you make it hard then I’m not going to come.”

The town is discussing raising the hourly rate from $2.00 to $2.50 per hour.

Day passes could also go up from $12.00 to $14.00 with commercial passes nearly doubling in cost from $290 to $500 per year.

The extra revenue could then be used for a number of services across the island.

“Parking revenue helps to cover the cost for the extra lifeguards, lifeguard stands, extra police, and the extra services that are required,” said Jim Hoge. “We feel that it’s worthwhile to pay a little bit more if they’re going to have the services that they need to feel safe and secure when they come to the beach.”

With parking spaces already limited on the island some say instead of raising prices they should go back to the basics.

“A trolley service running throughout the beach and carrying people from the mainland is I think the best solution long term,” said Dru Hoge.

There will be a public hearing on March 19th for citizens to share their thoughts on the proposed changes.

If approved the changes would start as early as this summer.

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  • Roy

    Who do you think has to pay to pickup the extra garbage of 50000 people extra on a weekend in a town of a few thousand. The extra police support and safety personal required. The local tax payers do. So dont complain on a small parking fee. Many beaches up north charge for beach access by day on top of parking. Everybody seems to think its free but it cost a great deal to maintain a beach this busy. Far more than the number of people on the Island should have to shoulder. So shut up an enjoy this gem while you can. One day it will cost for access is my guess. Have you ever seen the trash left after memorial day. You think it is picked up and disposed of for free. no wonder the locals despise the crowds. I find most of the full timers to be friendly people. Be friendly back and take out what you bring. Same at masonboro island.

  • Guest2020

    I’ll stick with Sunset Beach.

  • Rusty

    Can’t say as I would recommend Topsail either; my one experience there I was on a Sunday drive and the small size of my car (MG Midget) made an officer think I was going in excess of 60 in a 45 when I know I never broke 50 if that. Thankfully that ticket is now off my insurance but it was still a BS stop and the only speeding ticket I’ve gotten since the ’80s. (Buy radar guns TI!)

  • Guestenheimer

    …annihilation and destruction from a hurricane are yet another! You have some deep set issues you should get some therapy to resolve! Remember too brighteyes, if a hurricane arrived to cause the amount of destruction you wish for, Topsail would likely be in the same condition! Go get some help Sicko!

  • Radar

    I was a Wilmington native for 45 years until I moved to Hampstead. Topsail Beach and Surf City are terrific beaches with very few restrictions. Plus I do not have to deal with the CFPUA extortionists . New Hanover County is not the place to be with a liberal city government and a dysfunctional county commission. I wised up and realized there is no end to the shakedown in NHC. WB has always been an elitist community since my childhood days . Probably will never visit WB again. Hopefully a Cat 5 hurricane will level the place one day and the old Babies Hospital land will be beach front property. In my college days I once drove up to a legally marked parking place that was intentionally obstructed by a resident’ s garbage can . I stopped and rolled the can out of the legally marked space and thereafter was cursed by the homeowner. Money does not buy class.

  • SouthEastNC

    Why don’t you commoners quit complaining and just buy yourselves beach-homes to visit?

  • ILMSurfer

    Please forgive me for defending them but……this is Econ 101. When demand exceeds supply, price goes up. If we lower demand, price will go down. Bear in mind that Lanier services WB and while increase parking rate does not affect their contract, increased coverage time does. I visit WB before 9 and after 6 when parking charges are in effect. I suggest others do the same. Let the visitors from out of town pay the premium for peak times. If you’re local shifting to off peak time means you don’t pay for premium time. Apologies if you work there and do not have a choice, I suggest you make your voice heard through your employer (nicely)who has voting rights as a property owner or by proxy as a lease holder.

  • SayWha?

    … I’m know that you’re not trolling but really mean it.

    Thank you for providing such an obvious confirmation of the inner workings of the average WB resident’s thought process. Too bad the self proclaimed nouveau riche will never understand how déclassé their attitude really is.

  • Guest Mechanic

    I have lived in the area for 37 years. I can count on one hand the number of times I have been to Wrightsville Beach. It is without a doubt the most unfriendly place I have ever been. I understand they do not care for visitors, so why don’t they just put a gate and guard at the bridge and becomne isolated?

  • trashman

    This is just another move to keep you away from their beach. If you can afford to pay the parking price then you are good enough for their beach. The State needs to step in and set a price for parking at beaches along NC. The town of Wrightsville Beach and their Henchmen do not want anyone coming to that beach. I grew up in Wilmington and never thought in my 50 years I would see having to pay to park to use something that was intended for us to enjoy for free.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    The state needs to step in?

    How about the competitive market and the common sense of consumers needs to step in. In other words, why are people willing to pay this extortion when there are numerous other beaches available close-by, beaches that aren’t incessantly trying to loot your wallet?

    The water and sand at Carolina and Kure Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach are just as nice as the water and sand at Wrightsville Beach.

    In other words, we don’t need another layer of government bureaucracy settling this. Government is the root problem here!

    The people simply need to tell Wrightsville Beach to go to blazes, and find a less expensive alternative.

  • wilm city here

    wow i think they should change 5.00 ahour. i could care less i dont go out there, i go to kure beach, its alot better there , .

  • guesty

    Keep it up to help ensure I made the correct decision to avoid Wrightsville Beach at all cost.

  • Guest-o-matic

    A mere 25% increase just isn’t enough, I think they should at least double it! The restaraunts should start charging 5 dollars for customers to park in their parking lots while they dine. Beach junk shops should do the same. WB should seriously consider a “Bridge Crossing Fee” of 10 dollars each way for those that are “drive-thrus” and don’t pay to park, eat there or don’t stop to buy cheap beach junk from the Pakistani’s. And since WB is the “Surfing Mecca” of the world, they need to institute board fees that charge 15 dollars for every 5 sets of their glorius and overpowering knee-highs. The opportunities there are absolutely endless!

    WB is definitely on the right track! Just keep up the momentum!

  • guest69696969

    Welcome! To Wrightsville beach, Let US EXTRORT your Monies, then GO HOME!
    What’s next, a *TOLL BOOTH* at the Bridge entrance next?

  • jj

    Remember the old bumper Sticker? “Welcome to Wrightsville Beach, Now go home”

  • Really I don’t understand why people go to WB in the first place. There is absolutely NOTHING to do there. No aquarium, no museum, no amusement parks, no paddle boat rentals, no arcades, not really too many motels, not very many restaurants, not even one place to buy gas on the entire island, (maybe one). No commercial fishing areas, no boardwalk, no public places to enjoy the water view, no nothing. Why do people go there? seriously, I want to know.

  • ChefnSurf

    License plate scanners to run background checks on everyone, less and less parking, storm troopers with personal body cameras, ever increasing fees for everything and anything and an attitude by the local hoity-toities that most definitely says “we’ll take your money, but we don’t like you here, because you’re socially beneath us”.

    If they’re so intent on being so restrictive to visitors, perhaps NHC taxpayers should consider restricting some of the tax revenues they share with WB and divert it to the less restrictive and more welcoming beach towns. It makes very little sense to continue to supply unrestricted public funding to a community that insists it’s semi-private.

  • guesty

    I’m ok with the police having personal body cameras. It will hold them and the public in check with an independent recording of events.

    Other than that, I haven’t left anything at WB that I feel the need to go back to get.

  • Vog46

    You struck a chord…..

    “If they’re so intent on being so restrictive to visitors, perhaps NHC taxpayers should consider restricting some of the tax revenues they share with WB and divert it to the less restrictive and more welcoming beach towns. It makes very little sense to continue to supply unrestricted public funding to a community that insists it’s semi-private.”

    Perhaps we shouldn’t re-nourish semi private beaches….
    They ARE full of themselves aren’t they??


  • lonetraveler

    I’ve lived here for 40 years and Wrightsville Beach has always been this way. They do not mind and in fact fully demand funding for beach renourishment and the replacement of the sand on the beach following storms but they truly hate for tourist and the New Hanover county residents to “spoil” their beaches. They simply despise the riff raff crossing the bridge. Nothing has changed. Use to lease a slip for my sailboat and learned just how friendly they “aren’t”. This parking decision will just drive more and more buisness to the other beaches in the area.


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