Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Over the line! Don’t let it hang out in Carolina Beach (when it comes to your vehicle, that is)

A graphic showing what is and what is not acceptable parking in Carolina Beach (Port City Daily/Courtesy Town of Carolina Beach)
A graphic showing what is and what is not acceptable parking in Carolina Beach. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Town of Carolina Beach)

CAROLINA BEACH — The Town of Carolina Beach is calling foul for anyone caught over the line — the lines of parking spots.

According to a press release, “To address hazardous and unsafe driving conditions, the Town of Carolina Beach will begin enforcing parking regulations in the downtown area that restrict vehicles from parking outside of defined spaces.”

Signs have already been posted and new lines have been painted to show which spots have size restrictions.

“For example, on Cape Fear Blvd., the 2-hour metered spaces near the intersection with Lake Park Blvd. are now labeled as ‘COMPACT CAR ONLY.’ Also, the parking spaces on Lake Park Blvd. between Harper Ave. and Cape Fear Blvd. now require that vehicles must fit completely in a space,” according to the release.

So what exactly does it mean for drivers?

“Simply put, only vehicles that fit completely within the defined space, front to back, including any accessories and/or hitches, may park in that space. If any part of a vehicle sits outside the defined space, parking is not allowed and the owner should look elsewhere for parking. Also, please note that pulling up onto a sidewalk in order to fit the back end of a vehicle into a parking space is not allowed (and illegal). Again, a vehicle must fit completely in the defined space, front and back,” the release concludes.


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