Monday, July 15, 2024

Town of Kure Beach begins paid parking trial

Kure Beach Ocean Front Park Pavilion. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

KURE BEACH — Visitors to Kure Beach might notice something different this summer when heading to the beach – while the town has traditionally been known for its “free” parking, the town council has approved a trial paid parking program for the summer.

Town Council recently leased three privately-owned parking lots in the commercial district to provide parking for the months of July, August, and September, according to a press release. There will be a total of 120 parking spaces between the three lots.

The parking fees will be $1.50 per hour or $10 a day, and the lots will be clearly marked as pay-to-park spaces, according to the release. There will be one pay station per lot.

Paid parking is only in effect from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and parking on town streets or other town property will continue to be free.

“The town has always offered and been known for its “free” parking. Kure Beach property owners, however, have actually paid through tax dollars for parking to be available to all at no cost. With the influx of number of visitors, the Kure Beach Town Council believes this is an opportunity to study all aspects of paid parking,” according to the press release.

The future of paid parking in Kure Beach will be evaluated after the trial program.

Where are the lots?

  • 112 South Fort Fisher Blvd.
  • 102 North Fort Fisher Blvd.
  • 110 North Third Ave.

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