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Sea Pines changes beach parking, adds $10 fee for some. Here’s what you need to know

Visiting the beach at Sea Pines? Here's where to park

Sea Pines has changed how visitors and residents park to visit the beach, adding a $10 fee for some. Here's what's changed, and where you can park.
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Sea Pines has changed how visitors and residents park to visit the beach, adding a $10 fee for some. Here's what's changed, and where you can park.

A parking policy change at the Sea Pines Resort gives property owners and resort guests free beach parking but could cost other visitors a $10 fee.

Under the new plan by the Sea Pines Resort, some people will have to pay the fee to use the Sea Pines Beach Club if they do not get one of the first 50 parking spaces between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, according to Sea Pines Resort officials.

The policy change, described in an email release from Sea Pines’ Community Services Associates, will give certain people free access to the first 50 Beach Club parking spaces. Those people include:

▪  Sea Pines property owners

▪  Guests of the Sea Pines Resort

▪  Overnight guests in rental and resort accommodations within the community

▪  Occupants of vessels docked at Harbour Town or South Beach

▪  Long-term renters who paid for car decal

The remaining 108 parking spaces in the Beach Club lot and all overflow parking spaces — a grass lot at the Plantation Golf Club — are free to a subset of the group named above:

▪  Owners of boat slips at Harbour Town

▪  Harbour Town Yacht Club members

▪  Registered guests of the Sea Pines Resort

▪  Sea Pines property owners with an “undivided” property, which excludes timeshare owners

Who has to pay the $10 fee?

Those who only qualify for the first 50 spots but do not get one of the spaces — timeshare owners and overnight guests with rental companies other than the Sea Pines Resort, for example — will have to pay the $10 fee and park in the overflow lot, according to John Munro, vice president of sales and marketing for the Sea Pines Resort.

Those who wish to avoid the fee can park elsewhere and take the trolley to the Beach Club, according to resort officials.

Day visitors, who pay a $6 gate fee, will not be allowed to park in either lot, so the $10 fee does not apply to them.

Day visitors may park for free at the Plantation Golf Club if they are playing golf or visiting the clubhouse, according to an FAQ sheet released by the resort.

Toby McSwain, director of safety and security in Sea Pines, said those paying the gate fee can still access the beach by taking the trolley.

Why the change?

The Sea Pines Resort decided to change the Beach Club parking policy to better accommodate residents after receiving feedback from property owners over the last year.

“We’re trying to be better partners — we want to be better partners — with the Sea Pines property owners,” Paul Gadomski, director of information, security and technology for the Sea Pines Resort, said Tuesday. “We are doing this based upon feedback we received from them regarding a less-than-ideal parking situation at the Beach Club.”

No other parking fees will be implemented across the community, resort officials said.

How will parking be monitored?

The parking lot at the Beach Club can accommodate 158 vehicles.

The overflow grass lot at the Plantation Club can accommodate about 100 vehicles, according to Cliff McMackin, director of resort development.

Munro said six to eight attendants will monitor parking and shuttling people on golf carts from one parking lot to the other, which has been an ongoing service since 2014.

There will be an attendant at the Beach Club entrance monitoring those coming in to the lot between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., officials said. A valid CSA property owner ID or property owner car decal will allow one to get this preferred parking.

Munro said the parking fee is expected to generate about $20,000, which will partially offset the $40,000 it will cost to provide attendants, golf cart transportation and maintenance of the grass overflow lot during the summer.