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Fort De Soto Park fee not dead yet?



Despite Tuesday's vote rejecting fees in Pinellas County parks by the County Commission, environmentalist Lorraine Margeson is pushing to revive the $5 entrance fee for cars proposed at Fort De Soto Park, the signature beach.

Margeson sent an email to County Commissioners and many other people today urging people to attend a Sept. 7 budget hearing and email board members to support a fee at Fort De Soto only.

After months of a majority tentatively supporting the fees, the board surprisingly rejected imposing the charges, which had generated support from environmentalists but scorn in part of the public.

"Apparently the commissioners had a big problem with administrative overhead costs that would have been a part of instituting fees at parks/preserves countywide.I understand that. Ft De Soto fees would be FAR easier to institute and VERY justified, PARTICULARY if the county can get FDOT to allow collection AT THE EXISTENT TOLL BOOTH (Maybe Gov. Crist could help to facilitate this?)," Margeson wrote.

David DeCamp, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:41pm]


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