SHIRLEY - Just minutes after hundreds of residents gathered at Smith Point Marina to protest against Suffolk County's twilight parking fee at some county beaches, they received unexpected news that the fee had been nixed.
The fee went into effect last week at Smith Point County Park and Cupsogue Beach. The $4 fee was collected from 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
County officials say the fee would have helped plugged the county's $530 million budget gap.
County Executive Steve Bellone (D-Suffolk) reversed the fee effective immediately after lawmakers and residents all balked at the plan.
Officials say that the first weekend the fee was in effect more than 100 cars turned away from the beach due to the fee.
New 'twilight fee' imposed at Smith Point, Cupsogue beaches