New plan lets residents pay for state beaches at meters

The fees will be for visitors parking from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays. (7/6/14)

WOODBURY - There is a new plan to let Long Island residents use parking meters at some state beaches.

Visitors will be able to bypass crowded toll plazas and pay by cash, credit or debit card.  

George Gorman, the regional director of the New York State Parks Department, says the new meters are meant to be convenient for park visitors, not a hindrance.  

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The fees will be for visitors parking from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Gorman says a staff person will be on hand to make sure there are no issues.

Ten meters were installed this week at four Long Island state parks, including Jones Beach, Caleb Smith Preserve, Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Hither Hills.

While some residents are worried the new system will take a toll on their wallets, the
Parks Department says the new meters are simply an alternative way to pay admission, and that they do not represent a separate cost.

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