Fees to increase at some state parks starting Saturday - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Fees to increase at some state parks starting Saturday

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EAST LYME, CT (WFSB) -

It won’t be a picnic in the wallet of anyone heading to the beach this weekend.

This weekend the state will be imposing a tax on parking fees beginning with three of the more popular state parks.

On Friday it cost $9 to get in to Rocky Neck State Park, but on Saturday it will cost $13.83.

"And that will make people want to stay home and not want to come out. It doesn't make any sense,” said Scott Noel of Canterbury.

However, it makes sense to the state legislature who approved the tax last session.

For those who are 65 years old and over, like Chris French, they cherish their Charter Oak pass.

"It's free. Let’s you get in free to most of the state parks,” French said.

Anyone who buys a season pass will start paying the tax on that as well.

The rollout starts on Saturday at Rocky Neck, Hammonasset and Sherwood Island.

In-state residents will pay $9.57 on the weekdays and $13.83 on the weekends.

Anyone from out-of-state will pay $15.95 during the week and $23.40 on the weekends.

“Glad I got my $67 ticket before the prices went up! I'm sure the $67 will also go up,” said Janice Maher of Moosup.

Parking fee taxes will be added to other state parks in the near future.

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