StarNews: New Hanover County to pay Wilmington $36,500 for Wells Fargo parking
WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Although considered a resounding success for the city and county, a last-minute parking solution to accommodate the tremendous turnout during the Wells Fargo Championship is going to cost New Hanover County an estimated $36,500.
On Tuesday, the Wilmington City Council passed a resolution acknowledging the county’s intention to repay financial losses accrued from May 4-7, when the city allowed free parking at several downtown decks, including Market Street, Second Street and the Wilmington Convention Center. According to city documents, 1,142 parking spaces were available to the public within the decks. The city also chose not to enforce metered parking north of Red Cross Street to Third Street, amounting to 800 parking spots.
City manager Sterling Cheatham said the deal worked out between the city and the county will see the latter paying an estimated $10 per day for the spaces used across the four days. Cheatham said the total amount came out to $36,500.
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