The reason why Wrightsville continues to raise rates for parking at the beach is because the public has demonstrated that they will pay it. It's simple economics; supply and demand. If the beach is in such high demand from the public (which it obviously is as demonstrated by the crowds) the town can stand to keep its coffers full with parking revenue. If you feel like the rate is too high, exercise your right as a consumer and go to the handful of other local beaches that are free! If you think it's worth it, you will still go. These are the basic capitalistic principals our country has operated on for hundreds of years.
Personally, I go to Kure since there are plenty of spaces and it's free.
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