The Press Democrat is reporting that California State Parks is planning to charge for day use at 14 popular beaches on the Sonoma Coast, 20 years after a similar effort sparked months of furious protest that ultimately forced the state to rescind the fees.
State officials say the fees are necessary to keep beaches open and to reopen those that are closed as the park system grapples with budget cuts and a deferred maintenance backlog of more than $1 billion.
In addition to the proposed day-use fees, state parks increased the price of annual park passes by as much as $70 on May 1. An all-access day-use pass that is good at all California parks jumped from $125 to $195.
Stewards of the Coast announced it will host two public meetings on June 6th at the Bodega Bay Grange, with another to follow June 11 at the Monte Rio Community Center to discuss the proposed parking fees. Both meetings are 6 to 7:30 p.m.
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