After renewing my Town of Hilton Head Island beach pass for 2015-16, I recently took my lady friend to Folly Field beach.
She has a handicap pass, so we drove up to use it. Everything was full, and two cars parked there had no authorization. Just then a car backed out of the lane to the right. I took that space. The beach was extremely crowded. Many people were walking from nearby timeshares and a few shuttle buses were dropping off people.
When we left, I counted 17 cars in the aisle I used that had no beach pass. Most of those cars were from out of state. And that was in only one of the three parking areas. I was told by a tourist that he parks for a week and maybe gets one ticket for $20, which is acceptable for his needs.
If the town cannot or will not police such parking, why should we pay $30 for a two-year parking pass?
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My solution would be to use a manned kiosk at the entrance. Let pass owners through and charge non-pass people a $10 daily parking fee. Walk-ins would pay $1 and shuttle buses $5, or they could buy a $100 annual pass.
With only a $20 fine, people are going to park regardless of whether they have a pass. Why not use them to collect more money for the town?
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