SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Surfside Beach Town Council members have made it official, parking meter fees have gone up.
They say you'll see the same amount of meters, they'll just cost more money, and those changes are in effect right now. Parking meter fees have increased from $1.00 to $1.25 an hour.
Parking meters will be strictly enforced from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Town council considered pushing back the pay to park time, two hours, but that did not pass.
The big change this season, is the price you pay, with the goal to generate more revenue for the town. According to Surfside Beach Mayor Doug Samples, last summer season, beginning in July, meters generated around $80,000. He says 30-percent of this money was put towards the Pier Enterprise Fund and the other 70-percent went into general town funds.
If you don't see a meter, don't assume it's safe to park, look around for street signs and read the fine print, there will be spots limited to permit only parking. The signs will appear on roads between Ocean Boulevard and Dogwood Drive, as well on much of Dogwood as well.
Council members want to enforce parking to address public safety issues. Too many cars close to stop signs and along roads make it hard for drivers to see pedestrians on busy summer days. Permit parking will regulate this because each driver who lives in the town is entitled to a parking permit to park anywhere, non-resident property owners are limited to one parking sticker. Mayor Samples says it is possible for them to inquire for another permit for an extra fee.
According to Surfside town officials, parking permit regulations will be in full swing May 15.
For details on parking regulations: http://www.surfsidebeach.org/parking.html