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Free parking at Wrightsville Beach

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Free parking at Wrightsville Beach is a nice upside during this economic downturn. With it feeling more like spring recently, people have been spending their days at the beach and their wallets are getting a bit of a break. Officials took down the solar powered parking machines the first of November. For area residents, free beach parking is quite a treat. "That it’s free! We found that the parking was free, and we are new residents to the area, so it was a really pleasant surprise for us," said Wilmington resident, Lisa Hamilton. The free parking ends March 1st.

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I fondly remember the days

I fondly remember the days of free parking too. I used to go to Wrightsville every day after school and every weekend as well. Back then it was free just about everywhere that mattered and that was only 1994. Now I am living in Osaka, Japan where parking is scarce and costs about 200 yen ($2.00) an hour! My wife is from Osaka and whenever we go out she tells me of how it used to be free to park here and there. Looking at it now, I guess things will never be the way they were!

Wrightsville Beach parking should always be free

Wrightsville Beach parking should always be free, orr free to New Hanover County residents. When I moved here six years ago only Lumina Ave and the large parking lots had meters. The side streets had free parking. I think that we pay enough in city and county taxes that residents should all be able to enjoy our coastal areas without further costs.

It will never be that way again

I agree. 40 years ago it was that way. The season only lasted from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It was mostly people who owned cottages & stayed all summer. There were no surfers, no UNC-W and only two small beer bars, the Wit's End and the Spot. There are way too many people trying to come onto this very small beach. The fee may keep them from hogging a spot all day. I didn't own a car when I lived there, but everything I needed was available within walking distance.