Higher fees go into effect at state parks
A fee increase at New York state parks and beaches went into effect Saturday, infuriating some local residents.
"It's a disgrace," says Vincent Alongi, of West Islip. "The government is just doing a number on the taxpayer."
Visitors to Robert Moses State Park and Jones Beach will now be paying $8 for parking, up from $6. Starting Memorial Day, the price will be $10.
State officials say they were forced to increase the fees to prevent closing parks or reducing services. They are urging parkgoers to get the $65 Empire Passport season pass, which allows admission to most state parks.