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Oak Island dumps hurricane access stickers, charges $5 for parking decal

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By Brian Slattery

Oak Island residents’ red and green hurricane re-entry stickers will—like a Christmas tree—be good through the holidays, then go in the trash after the new year.

The town had offered the stickers to taxpayers to allow them access to their property in the event of a hurricane, town manager Steve Foster said.

As a courtesy, the town also designated the stickers to allow residents or property owners to park in spaces marked for town vehicles.

“This allowed taxpayers preferred parking close to the beach,” Foster said.

Oak Island Town Council decided to do away with the hurricane access sticker after the town emergency services committee found the hurricane re-entry use was ineffective.

At its July meeting, the Oak Island Council made the sticker available just for the parking privilege.

Those using the sticker will need to keep a tax or utility bill in their glove box in case there is a need to verify they are property owners on Oak Island.

But instead of offering it to taxpayers for free, the sticker costs $5 per year. Foster said the sticker, which is now blue, is good for two years, so the town charges $10.

The town is starting over after the outstanding hurricane/parking stickers were distributed to 20,000 taxpayers, even though there are only 7,000 residents.

Foster said the blue stickers are available now, but the red and green stickers will be honored through the rest of the year.

The stickers are available in the town hall at the customer service window, with proof of property ownership.

Out of town taxpayers can use the town website, www.oakislandnc.com, to print out the form online. But they will have to send in their driver’s license and vehicle registration information by mail along with the form.

“I’d recommend they stop by and pick up the stickers at the town hall,” Foster said. 

 

Brian Slattery is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.