Pay to Park: Isle of Palms considering paid parking passes for beachgoers

Pay to Park: Isle of Palms considering paid parking passes for beachgoers

ISLE OF PALMS, SC (WCSC) - Too many cars.  Not enough island.

That's the issue Isle of Palms city officials are trying to work through now that the rate of transient guests continues to rise.

"They're not all going to the beach, but the ones that are going to the beach, are the one's we're concerned about," said Mayor Pro Tem Marty Bettelli.

According to a traffic study by North Charleston firm, Stantec, 8,566 more vehicles arrive on the Island during peak season, with approximately 25% of those guests headed to the beach.  Bettelli says the city utilizes two parking lots, along with metered spaces, and the county park.  Those will not be affected.

If approved, the parking passes would apply to all public right of ways, which include beach accesses, and in front of homes.

In August, city council members decided to move forward with the plan, after reviewing the results from the Stantec study, which will now go before area residents in a public hearing at the city's recreation department, October 2nd.

City officials have not determined the cost of a single parking pass, but aim to stay revenue-neutral.

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