Nags Head raises beach driver’s license fees
By Outer Banks Voice on July 6, 2022
Says the costs of managing driving on the beach have increased
Citing an increased effort to more actively monitor beach driving in recent years, the Nags Head Board of Commissioners approved an increase in annual beach driving permits at its July 6 meeting.
Permits, which previously cost $25, will now cost $50 for residents and owners and $100 for others. A city spokesperson said that in recent years, increasing beach populations and the influx of more visitors during the shoulder season have “created more conflict between beach drivers and beach users.”
The spokesperson went on to explain that the width of the beach has also been an issue at the north end of Nags Head, requiring staff to open and close sections of the beach for driving multiple times during the driving season. on the beach (October 1 to April 30). In terms of creating a two-tier system with different permit prices, the city said that since residents and property owners pay the costs of some of this increased management of beach driving by through their taxes, a lower fee for them seemed appropriate.
Information from Nags Head also indicated that officials had spoken to the town of Kill Devil Hills, which had a reciprocal beach permit system with Nags Head. Since KDH will retain its current fee structure, Nags Head permits will no longer cover beach driving in this neighboring town.