By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor
While the island-wide solution to parking problems is still being worked out, the City of Isle of Palms is moving forward with implementing at least one of the ideas that came out of the many parking discussions over the last 12 to 18 months. Golf carts are getting their own special parking spots. Currently the wide beach access paths at 23rd and 25th avenue accommodate golf cart parking.
Signs at the head of the paths indicate where golf carts are able to park and a sign nearer the beach prevents vehicles going beyond that point and parking in the dune area.
Additionally, the City has submitted an encroachment permit to SCDOT to designate golf cart only parking in two areas along Palm Boulevard—28th Avenue and between 30th and 31st Avenues. The designated golf cart parking was part of the Managed Beach Parking plan submitted to SCDOT last year.
“Designating some areas in the right-of-way along Palm Boulevard for golf cart parking will ensure that those who use such alternate means of transportation to get to the beach will have a place to park,” City Administrator Linda Tucker said in an email to Island Eye News. “The encroachment permit is being prepared currently and, once submitted and reviewed, if granted, these areas will be marked accordingly.
“No managed beach parking permit will be required for golf carts to park in the designated spaces during the times and hours of the season when the managed beach parking permit is enforced,” she said.
The overall Managed Beach Parking program, which will require visitors to the island to pay to park at the beach, is still slowly moving forward. While it won’t be in place for this summer, the City recently reviewed the one and only bid it received from the RFP for a software vendor.
Newpark, an engineering software company based in Texas, estimated the cost for creating compatible software for the IOP at $44,325. Council will hear a presentation from Newpark before making a decision on the bid.
Kathryn Casey contributed to this report.