- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina coastal resort town is leaving the town’s public parking spaces free.

Local media reports say town commissioners in Topsail Beach on Tuesday unanimously agreed to drop plans to generate revenue by charging motorists to park in one of the nearly 200 public spots.

Residents packed the meeting to oppose the idea, saying tourists would instead visit neighboring beach towns where parking remained free.

Two parking companies submitted proposals to Topsail Beach officials. One would have charged non-residents $5 a day and $8 on weekends to park, generating about $80,000 a year for the town.

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