Wrightsville Beach continues limited Beach Access for non-stationary exercise activities,will open 4 Parking Lots, and opens Short Term Rentals with Restrictions beginning May 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 6, 2020
CONTACT: Tim Owens, Town Manager, (910) 256 – 7900
Wrightsville Beach continues limited Beach Access for non-stationary exercise activities,will open 4 Parking Lots, and opens Short Term Rentals with Restrictions beginning May 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
The Town of Wrightsville Beach will continue Beach Access for non-stationary exercise activities, will open 4 Parking Lots, and opens Short Term Rentals with Restrictions beginning May 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to include all of the following restrictions:
  • ·Temporary Suspension of Certain Short Term Rentals / Honoring of Stay-At-Home Orders Issued in Other States and Countries:
The Town of Wrightsville Beach hereby lifts all restrictions on short-term rentals previously implemented during this State of Emergency and implements the following restriction on short-term rentals to give full faith and credit to the authority of other State orders:
Any and all individuals, entities, or establishments engaged in the provision of short-term rentals, vacation rentals, or other lodging accommodations or operations in exchange for consideration (collectively “Lodging”), as set forth below, in the Town of Wrightsville Beach are prohibited from making or accepting new reservations or bookings from or for individuals that reside in or traveled to (within the last fourteen (14) days states or countries that are under a “stay-at-home order” Issued by the governor or otherwise authorized government official of that state/country in connection with the effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Presently, the following states within the United States of America or under “stay-at-home” orders:
The above listed states with stay-at-home orders and expiration dates is based on the information presently available to the Town. Note that the expiration dates are subject to modification including rescission and extensions. The discontinuance restrictions contained in this Sixth Amended Declaration of a State of Emergency shall apply so long as the above referenced stay-at-home orders are in effect.
For purposes of this Sixth Amended Declaration of a State of Emergency, “Lodging” shall include the following:
c.     Any hotel, motel, villa, condominium, inn, tourist court, tourist camp, campground, bed and breakfast, residence, or any place in which rooms, lodging, or sleeping accommodations are furnished to transients for a consideration; and
d.    Any vacation rental property or other short-term rental property that involves the rental of any house, condominium, room, or other dwelling unit for a period of less than ninety (90) days if such property is advertised, represented, or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to, or available for rental to, guests or if such property has been so advertised, represented, or held out to the public at any point during the preceding thirty (30) days;
This Section 1(1)S does not prohibit any individual, entity, or establishment from providing Lodging to the following:
c.    Individuals operating commercial vehicles transporting essential goods and products, such as food, water, medicine, medical supplies        and equipment, fuels and petroleum products (to include fuel oil, diesel oil, gasoline, kerosene, propane, and liquid petroleum), livestock, poultry, feed for livestock and poultry, and crops and other agricultural products ready to be harvested (to include timber and wood chips); individuals employed by airlines; and individuals otherwise engaged in commercial transportation activities;
d.     Individuals performing or assisting with military, healthcare, public safety, or emergency response operations, as well as any other operations or services identified by the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in its March 28, 2020 Memorandum, or any future amendments or supplements thereto, as essential to continued critical infrastructure viability.
·      Public Parking lots at Beach Access #2 at 2698 North Lumina Avenue (30 spaces), Beach Access #3 at 2498 North Lumina Avenue (30 spaces), Beach Access #29 at Stone Street (26 spaces), and Beach Access #36 at 650 South Lumina Avenue (85 spaces) are open to the public. Paid parking will be enforced at these locations. A map of the location of these parking lots is available on the homepage of the Town of Wrightsville Beach’s website at www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com. All other Town parking lots will remain closed to the general public. Restrooms will remain closed.
·      With the exception of East Salisbury Street, all access points and beaches will be open for individual, non-stationary exercise activities to include only walking, jogging, swimming, and surfing/water sports.
·      All public on-street parking spaces are closed to the public for any use except where allowed as part of this State of Emergency Declaration. This includes all on-street parking spaces that are not obstructed by cones, barricades, or that have no parking bags on the meters.
·      Private parking lots may only be used in conjunction with parking for access to essential businesses that are open for business. In no event shall a private parking lot be used to park to access the beach.
·      Sunbathing, sitting, fishing, games and all other activities will not be permitted on the beaches at this time.
·      All beach equipment such as towels, blankets, chairs, tents, coolers, and umbrellas will not be allowed on the beaches at this time.
·      Individuals participating in such exercise activities must follow strict social distancing measures
·      No exercise group shall have more than 10 people.
·      Lifeguards will not be on duty.
·      Dogs are not permitted on the beaches.
·      Public restroom facilities will remain closed.
·      All parks will remain closed, with the exception of walk-in tennis court use.
·      Town of Wrightsville Beach residents, with a current parking hang tag or tax decal, will be permitted to utilize public on-street parking, only if they have no access to parking on their private property.
·      Contractors, landscapers, and essential employees that wish to park in an on-street parking space must purchase a parking pass from the Wrightsville Beach Parking Office located at 321 Causeway Drive in Wrightsville Beach. Office hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. More information may be found on the Town’s website (www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com) or by calling (910) 256-5453. The Parking Office will be selling contractor passes, resident parking passes and tax decals only. No other in-person business will be transacted.
·      There will be limited public parking available for business-use. This parking will be located adjacent to those essential businesses only that have no on-site parking and that are open for business. This parking must strictly be used to access those essential businesses only and not to access the beaches. Parking enforcement will be active in these locations.

 

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