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Old 02-20-2019, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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Looks like the council approved parking meters on Oak Island. Over 1000 meters to be in installed by April. No decision yet on whether there will be parking passes available for residents. I am hoping that if resident passes are approved, they will also be available to Southport residents. We go to the beach often and would be willing to pay for an annual pass.


Parking meters approved on Oak Island
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:03 AM
 
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There is a meeting scheduled at Oak island Town Hall on March 5th at which the Town will explain the specifics of the program.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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There is a meeting scheduled at Oak island Town Hall on March 5th at which the Town will explain the specifics of the program.
Thanks BC. Anxious to hear results of the meeting. I'm really hoping they will allow Southport residents to purchase a parking pass. The proximity to the beach was a huge draw for us when we were considering retirement locations.
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:12 PM
 
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Thanks BC. Anxious to hear results of the meeting. I'm really hoping they will allow Southport residents to purchase a parking pass. The proximity to the beach was a huge draw for us when we were considering retirement locations.
I would be very surprised if non-Oak Island residents will be able to purchase passes. The RFP that was sent out to the parking operators says "Town property owners" will be able to purchase passes, and I'm sure that means just that, Town of Oak Island property owners. The "good" news (if there is any) is that the paid parking will apparently only apply to the streets south of Oak Island Drive, so I am guessing one could park for free just north of Oak Island Drive and walk the 2 blocks to the beach.
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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BC, what about Caswell Beach? Is it a separate town or part of Oak Island?
Thanks for all your information. Always helpful.

Oh, and once in another post, you recommended Mr P's Bistro. It is now our favorite restaurant in the area! Fabulous food.
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:29 PM
 
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BC, what about Caswell Beach? Is it a separate town or part of Oak Island?
Thanks for all your information. Always helpful.

Oh, and once in another post, you recommended Mr P's Bistro. It is now our favorite restaurant in the area! Fabulous food.
So glad you like Mr. P's...its fabulous! If you haven't been to Moore Street Oyster Bar yet its well worth a visit. No reservations though and its stays very busy.

Caswell Beach is a completely separate town, politically, so none of the parking issue applies there. I think CB does not allow parking on their main road, and they have only one small public parking lot (I think) so I'm sure this will make that fill up fast.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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So glad you like Mr. P's...its fabulous! If you haven't been to Moore Street Oyster Bar yet its well worth a visit. No reservations though and its stays very busy.

Caswell Beach is a completely separate town, politically, so none of the parking issue applies there. I think CB does not allow parking on their main road, and they have only one small public parking lot (I think) so I'm sure this will make that fill up fast.
Thumbs up on Moore St Oyster Bar!

Yes, Caswell Beach has only the one small parking lot and it fills up. In warm weather, we get there early, by 9am and usually have no issue parking. We leave by noon. There are a couple of grassy parking areas for golf carts only.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:16 AM
 
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Guess we'll find out at the meeting, but hoping that they come up with an annual pass that can be purchased for non residents, maybe something similar to something Rhode Island does. I think residents of the state can purchase an annual pass for like 60 dollars and non residents is something like 100 to 125. Developments like St. James and Arbor Creeks where many of the residents go to the beach quite frequently, like going for a walk everyday, could make it tough.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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Guess we'll find out at the meeting, but hoping that they come up with an annual pass that can be purchased for non residents, maybe something similar to something Rhode Island does. I think residents of the state can purchase an annual pass for like 60 dollars and non residents is something like 100 to 125. Developments like St. James and Arbor Creeks where many of the residents go to the beach quite frequently, like going for a walk everyday, could make it tough.
I'm thinking that St James is included in having the ability to purchase passes since they have private beach. access. I'm not in SJP but am in Southport.

BTW, I'm from RI!! Know the beach pass options well. Love Narragansett town beach, North Pavilion, which was a private beach (Canonchet Beach Club) which my family belonged to.
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Old 02-22-2019, 01:04 PM
 
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I'm thinking that St James is included in having the ability to purchase passes since they have private beach. access. I'm not in SJP but am in Southport.

BTW, I'm from RI!! Know the beach pass options well. Love Narragansett town beach, North Pavilion, which was a private beach (Canonchet Beach Club) which my family belonged to.
How do you like Southport? I noted you are from RI and wanted your perspective. My husband and I reside near a major city within 60 miles of the coast and have visited our daughter in the Boston area, Nantucket and Newport, RI. We initially thought we would relocate there but, are now thinking warmer weather. We truly love the vibrancy and beauty of these coastal northeast cities so I am wondering how well you have adapted to a smaller town as a full-time resident. We have vacationed in Duck, NC and like it very much but it would be much too small and too "islandish" for full-time. Our other option is being snow birds for a few months.
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