New parking rates, time limits start Jan 14 in Downtown Beaufort

Starting Friday, Jan. 14, look for changes in how long you can park on Bay Street and how much it costs to park away from Bay Street. The changes came with approval of a modified parking ordinance Tuesday by Beaufort City Council.

Bay Street, from Carteret to Newcastle at the Downtown Marina, now provides three-hour parking, increased from the two-hour limits previously. The rate remains $1 per hour.

As patrons park farther from Bay Street, though, the cost drops:

· 75 cents per hour on Port Republic, Charles, West, Scott and Carteret streets

· 50 cents per hour for meters on Craven Street.

Time limits change for other locations beyond Bay Street, with the thinking that as patrons park farther from the prime waterfront locations of Bay Street, they get more time at cheaper rates:

· Four hours per parking space on Port Republic, Charles, West, Scott and Carteret streets, at 75 cents per hour

· No limit on parking (but still 50 cents per hour) for metered spaces on Craven Street between Scott and Newcastle streets

· No time limit on parking at the Marina lot (at $1 per hour)

· Two hour limits per space (and $1 per hour) for parking lots at the downtown library and the waterfront playground.

“We’ve spent a lot of time listening to the downtown merchants, especially those on Bay Street, and we’ve listened to people who visit downtown as tourists and also locals,” said Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson. “I think Council is making changes in a meaningful, measured way that will continue to help revitalize one of our shopping districts.”

Parking fines remain at $10 if paid within a week.

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