Glynn wants to charge out-of-towners for beach parking

Out-of-county residents are getting a “free lunch” when they park at state-owned beaches on St. Simons Island, members of the Glynn County Commission say, and they want to stop it.

They want to a charge parking fee at the island’s two most popular beach access points, Massengale Park and the Old Coast Guard Station. But only for out-of-county visitors.

Commission Chairman Mary Hunt said visitors from such inland counties as Brantley, Ware and Wayne aren’t carrying their share of the financial load. While the county doesn’t own the beaches, it maintains the parking lots, roads and provides lifeguards and police officers during the summer season.

2 thoughts on “Glynn wants to charge out-of-towners for beach parking

  • June 20, 2013 at 7:09 am

    That sounds fair to me, and then every time somebody from Glynn County drives through Brantley on a state owned road, that Brantley has to pay police officers to patrol and county workers to maintain it, they can pay Brantley.

  • June 20, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I think that is why they pay taxes to maintain their roads, to hire police officers just like we do in Brantley Co. I think if they start charging they will loose their business to one of the other isles. And if they are going to charge then charge everyone! Lots of people go over their to eat at Outback, Fancy Q’s, and other places. Not to mention how much money is being spent in gift shops there. DON’T get greedy it may just back fire on you.


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