Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 6:17am.

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (AP) -- Atlantic Beach plans to charge town residents and visitors to park near the ocean. Mayor Trace Cooper and town manager David Walker told the town council this week they want to drop plans to hire a private company to run a paid parking program at the public beach areas. Walker says the new plan calls for the town to manage a $10-per-day program for parking at the beach. The Carteret County News-Times reported the town council could approve the program at an April 25 meeting. Town officials say they could raise more than $180,000 by charging for parking from May through September. Cooper says he didn't want workers at town hall to have to administer a parking pass program for residents. N.C. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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