Fort De Soto Fee Proposed
|Fort De Soto Park at sunset.|
Beachgoers could soon be paying $8 a car load to enter the popular Fort De Soto Park.
It's just one of a series of new fees being proposed for parks owned by Pinellas County.
The plan is being debated Tuesday. If county commissioners approve, it would cost $3 a car load to enter most county parks, and eight dollars to enter Fort De Soto Park.
County officials estimate the fees would generate more than $3 million to prevent cuts in maintenance and staff at the parks without raising property taxes.
A similar proposal to charge a $5 fee was shot down last year amid widespread public criticism.
The proposal also includes a $75 annual pass to get into all Pinellas parks. Bicyclists and pedestrians would still be able to enter the parks for free.
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