UPDATE 03/14/17: During the regular meeting of the Beaufort Board of Commissioners, the Parking Meters ordinance was adjusted to reflect the most recent wishes of the Board. The agenda Item that was approved is available here.
UPDATE 03/07/17: The Pay-to-Park Program for the 2017 visitor season will begin the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend (May 26). The season ends on Monday, Sept. 4, Labor Day. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Cost will be a $1 an hour. The machines only accept payment by coin and credit card.
UPDATE May 2016:The Pay-to-Park Program for the 2016 visitor season will begin the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend (May 28). The season ends on Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Cost will be a $1 an hour. The machines only accept payment by coin and credit card.
UPDATE 02/11/16: During the Feb. 8, 2016, regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, it was decided to continue with the Pay-to-Park Program for the 2016 tourist season. In its third year, the program will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend and ending the Monday of Labor Day weekend at a cost of $1 an hour. It was also decided to minimize the signage around Town and continue with the ambassador program.
UPDATE 12/11/15: The 2015 Pay-To-Park Program generated $80,000 after expenses. Work has been completed to make sidewalks ADA compliant on Front Street using funds raised. Other upgrades on Front Street are anticipated to take place in the coming months.
UPDATE 5/18/15: Town Hall is gearing up for the busy season and is readying to launch the 2015 Pay-to-Park Program.
In the time since the 2014 Pay-to-Park on Front program ended, staff has vastly improved signage, screen visibility and the usability of the kiosks.
Beaufort’s Pay-to-Park Program will begin Saturday, May 23, and will end the Monday of Labor Day Weekend. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a a week. This includes waterfront parking lots and all marked spaces, excluding handicap parking.
Currently, the meters, after pushing the start button, read “Paid Parking resumes 5/23/15.”
Starting on May 23, the kiosks will begin accepting coin or credit card only. The minimum is 25 cents for 15 minutes, which can be paid by coin. The minimum amount that can be paid by credit card is $1 and that covers an hour.
Customers enter their parking space number and pay for as much time as they want. Additional payments can be made by credit card or coin at any kiosk. Paper bills are not accepted.
During the season, Town will employ two tourism ambassadors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays to help visitors with the Pay-to-Park Program.
Town will distribute Pay-to-Park information cards with instructions on how to use the kiosks (attached) and answer frequently asked questions. Also available are signs that read, “Need Change? Come On In!” for those businesses interested in exchanging coins for the public to use in the meters.
If your business would like rack cards or change signs, please notify Town Hall at 728-2141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The funds raised with the Pay-To-Park program are being used for streetscaping improvements along Front Street.
To learn more, contact Assistant Town Manager Lauren Hermley at email@example.com.
UPDATE 4/6/15: The 2015 Pay-to-Park program will begin Saturday, May 24, during Memorial Day Weekend. Signage on the kiosks has been redesigned to be easier to understand and merchants will be given brochures to help visitors better able to navigate the process.
3/19/15: On Front Street, the rate is $1 per hour on all designated parking spots, excluding handicap spaces, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week starting Saturday, May 23, during Memorial Day Weekend. This Includes both waterfront parking lots and all marked spaces. The minimum increment is 25 cents for 15 minutes. There are no time limits. Customers enter their parking space number and pay for as much time as they want using coins or credit cards. The machine does not accept paper bills. Additional payments can be made by credit card at any kiosk. All parking except on Front Street is free, with no time limits.