Sullivan's Island officials considering pay to park proposal

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Sullivan's Island town council scheduled a special meeting and public hearing Tuesday to consider requiring people to pay to park on some parts of the island.

Sullivan's Island is one of the few beaches in the Tri County area where for the most part, parking is free.

Town officials are considering using kiosks. After someone parks their car, they put money in the kiosk, a ticket comes out and the ticket is placed inside the car on the windshield.

Kiosks are used on some parts of the Isle of Palms and Folly Beach.

Some beach goers don't like the idea of having to pay to park.

"I wouldn't like to pay. It's kind of commercializing things," said one tourist. "Keep this community quaint, that's why it draws so many people."

Most of the beach front businesses didn't want to comment until they hear more about the pay to park proposal. But one of the busiest ones is not concerned.

"I don't think it is going to affect our business much," said Melissa Magwood, manager of Poe's Restaurant. "The parking to me is not that big of an issue. You might have to park a block or two away, but so what? Take a walk. I don't think it's that big of a deal honestly."

The town council was not expected to take any action on the pay to park idea. Members just wanted to hear what the public had to say.

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