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.