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What does it mean when parking meters are covered?

Ken Little

In the city of Wilmington, meters are covered for special events like street festivals, holiday activities, in the area of construction sites and where location film shooting is taking place. In communities like Wrightsville Beach, the influx of visitors in the summer months plays a central role in covering parking meters in the central business district, Town Manager Robert Simpson says.

For example, parking is prohibited on the east side of North Lumina Avenue from Stone Street to Mallard Street from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday, beginning April 1 through Sept. 30. Parking is also prohibited on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

“It’s a fire lane and it’s done by ordinance. In the event of a fire those parking places are blocked out because it’s a very congested area. It’s purely for safety,” Simpson says.

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2 Responses to “ What does it mean when parking meters are covered?”

  1. On September 12, 2009 at 9:43 am Kathy wrote:

    Your article did not answer the question. It told when they were covered, not what being covered meant.

  2. On September 20, 2009 at 9:47 am Julie wrote:

    It does answer the question. It explains that the meters in the business district at Wrightsville Beach are covered to create a fire lane on weekends and holidays because traffic is congested. Emergency vehicles could not get through otherwise.

    A covered meter means it is reserved for a special event or that noone can park there while it is bagged/ covered.

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