We have been visiting Beaufort at least once a year for the past eight years. Its natural beauty and historic flavor have been an attraction that motivated us to purchase a building lot in a nearby community.
One of the major attractions to Beaufort is its friendly, historic character, with its historic district close to the Bay Street shops, restaurants and Waterfront Park. Our visits have always included strolling the Bay Street area, frequenting its shops and eating in a variety of its restaurants.
Near the end of our most recent visit to Beaufort, we searched online for historic house tours in the Beaufort area and found the Verdier House on Bay Street. We highly recommend the tour.
The closest parking we could locate was a metered spot that consumed all three of our quarters in return for 45 minutes time. Our tour hostess tried to get us through as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, we were 5 to 10 minutes overdue and received a $10 ticket.
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Had it not been for that ticket and costly parking fees, we'd have strolled the streets, purchased from local merchants and eaten lunch in one of the local restaurants as we have done many times in past years. Instead, we did our strolling and had our lunch elsewhere.
Bay Street merchants and restaurateurs need to rethink their support for the current parking scheme. We will be much less likely to visit Bay Street in the future so long as excessive parking fees remain in effect.
Bob and Joanne Webster
Vero Beach, Fla.