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Town Taking Bids On Parking Enforcement Contract

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach is soliciting bids from parking management companies. The Council will hold a workshop on October 15th, at 4PM at Town Hall to hear from companies interested in bidding on the contract.
The Town sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) in September asking companies to submit proposals to manage the 522 public parking spaces and selling vehicle passes for Freeman Park on the northern end of the Island.
The parking program is currently managed by Lanier Parking.
Proposals are due in by October 4th. The Town will hold a meeting October 15th, to hear from parking management companies.
In 2012 the program had gross revenue for on-street parking spaces of $446,821. For Freeman Park, in 2012 the program generated gross revenues of $932,419.
According to the RFP, parking enforcement in the Town begins on April 1st of each year and ends on October 31st. Parking Enforcement Hours are from 8:00am to 7:00pm. In the offseason parking is free.
Standard Parking Rates are $1.50 per hour or $8.00 per day for off-street lots.
Town residents can receive a parking pass that will allow unlimited free access to paid parking spaces. The cost of the pass is nominal.
Non-residents can purchase a parking pass that will allow for the same privileges as a resident pass for $50.
The Town sells approximately 2500 to 3000 parking passes either to residents or non-residents.
According to the RFP, the Town currently manages and provides services to an extremely popular beach area known as Freeman Park. The Freeman Park beach strand is approximately 1.5 miles long and is only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicle. Parking attendants staff the only entrance and exit to the park to ensure payment, answer questions about the park, and help with the compliance of rules and regulations.
On any given summer weekend, patrons to Freeman Park can number in the thousands with summer holiday visitation estimated at closer to 4000 patrons.
The allowance of 4 wheel drive vehicles on the beach and oceanside camping makes Freeman Park a unique and popular attraction. The Town currently provides 1 officer on-duty 24 hours per day at the park, trash receptacles and collection, summer lifeguard service, and port-a-john facilities.