New entrance fees go into effect today at Fort Cooper State Park, Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park and Crystal River State Archaeological Site. The fees at Fort Cooper will be $3.25 for each car containing up to eight people, park officials said. It will cost $1 for each additional passenger and $1 for bicyclers and walkers. The new fees also provide a 50 percent discount for people with food stamp cards.
Fort Cooper's camping fees will increase $1 to $3 for adults. The $2 fee will remain for children 17 and younger.
Daily passes at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park will remain $6.95 plus tax for adults and $3.95 plus tax for children. The annual season-pass will cost $16.50 plus tax for each adult, up from $11.50, and $11.50 plus tax for each child, up from $7.98. The charge to enter Crystal River Archaeological Site will increase from $1 to $2 a vehicle.
The higher fees, approved April 23 by Gov. Lawton Chiles and the Cabinet, are expected to raise $3.3-millionto run Florida's 113 parks, said Susan Clark, an assistant to the director of the Division of Recreation and Parks.