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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.

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