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For the First Time, Brookhaven to Charge Residents For Parking at Town Beaches

A two-year resident parking permit will cost $25.

Brookhaven Town announced on its website that it will be charging residents a $25 fee for a two-year permit to park at all of its beaches starting this week.

According to town spokesperson Jack Krieger, this is the first time Brookhaven has charged a parking fee at all of its manned parking facilities. The change mainly affects beaches and marinas and does not include pocket parks without collection booths.

The parking stickers can't be purchased onsite at the beach but Kreiger said not to worry if you get there with your car packed up for a day of fun in the sun and forgot to buy your permit. A $5 daily parking permit can be purchased at any time at area beach parking lots. With your receipt, the fee can then be applied toward the purchase of the two-year parking permit.

Krieger said that the money will go into Brookhaven Town's general fund. The anticipated revenue is around $625,000 for the season.

Stickers were made available as of Monday and they will be checked at marinas when they open on May 12. Beaches will begin checking for permits on Memorial Day weekend.

The fee to access Town boat ramps is not included in this resident parking permit.

Updated: Local beaches and marinas affected by this change include: Mt Sinai Marina, Port Jefferson Marina, Blue Point Marina, Sandspit Marina. Cedar Beach - Main and West, Shoreham Beach, West Meadow Beach, Corey Beach.

Residents can buy stickers now through Nov. 2 at the following locations:

  • Brookhaven Town Hall
    One Independence Hill, Farmingville (First Floor)
    Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration Building
    286 Hawkins Road, Centereach (Centereach Pool Parking Lot)
    Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday nights 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – Noon

Starting Tuesday, May 1 through Monday, September 3, stickers will also be available at the following locations and times:

  • Brookhaven Aquatic Center (Mastic Pool)
    300 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach
    Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – Noon
  • Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center
    39 Montauk Highway, Blue Point
    Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – Noon
  • Rose Caracappa Recreation Center
    739 Route 25A, Mt. Sinai
    Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – Noon

A resident sticker will cost $25.00 for two years. An extra sticker is available for free for one additional vehicle from the same household.

Senior Citizens age 60+ and handicapped stickers are available at a reduced rate of $15 for two years.

For more information or questions call (631) 451-TOWN or go to the Brookhven Town website.

Ron G April 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM
It seems a class action against the Town may be in order. This well kept secret is yet to be discovered by most residents. There should have been more public notice and this should have been put to a vote by residents. It's not so much the money as it is the furtive way it came about.
localmom April 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM
I think the crux of the matter is that it is not "just a few dollars" one time. This fee is in addition to other fees that have started, (fought by a few council people who "get it" Bonner, Mazzei, Panico) coupled with an increase in taxes, and sprinkled with rate hikes & general inc. in cost of goods (tax businesses more and the cost gets passed down to the consumer for necessary products as well as luxury ones). You see, Alyssa, I used to live in the Town of Oyster Bay, and thought very much like you. But I couldn't afford to live there anymore, and most of my family couldn't either. So we moved here. Now it's getting too unaffordable to live here. Even though it's easy to dismiss people like me with a "we won't miss you", rudely, other people will (my kids have friends, and we have family and we are very big volunteers in the area). Plus, from an economic standpoint, you just might miss people like us--b/c we will take our tax revenue with us. The house will sell for less, so the assessed value will be used to grieve taxes, and that doesn't include the income taxes we won't contribute here. Guess who will have to make up the difference....b/c the town won't stop spending while everything in your budget gets tight. You will. So, a few bucks here and there really add up when you are responsible for someone else besides just yourself. “If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain.” --W. Churchill
Janice April 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I emailed Jane Bonner and here is her response. Thank you for your e-mail regarding the "Park Access Sticker Fee" that has recently been the subject of discussion throughout the Town for the upcoming 2012 season. I wanted to make you aware that I voted NO on this resolution when it was presented to me at the beginning of this year during the town re-organizational meeting. I am in the process of working with my colleagues on repealing this fee at the upcoming April 24th Town Board meeting. I am asking all of you who have written to attend this town board meeting and speak during the Public Comment portion of the meeting that begins at 6 PM and address the Town Board directly. I can not guarantee the full support of my colleagues, as the original vote was passed by the current board with a 4-3 majority. If you have any additional questions prior to the meeting of April 24th, feel free to contract me at the office (631) 451-6964. Thank you for your support of this endeavor. Sincerely, Councilwoman Jane Bonner Second District (631) 451-6964 CouncilwomanBonner@brookhaven.org ***Please note the meeting is held at Town Hall, One Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY on the second floor in the auditorium. You will need to fill out a BLUE Card in advance of the 6 PM time slot in order to speak.
Janice April 17, 2012 at 03:40 PM
It is not just the beach...you would need the sticker to park in the town lot in Port Jefferson.
Get Off My Lawn April 18, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Welcome to Modern Slavery.
Alan April 19, 2012 at 01:18 PM
"To this day, the Dongan Patent is used to resolve many legal questions involving preservation of natural resources and our underground water supply, as well as the free and common usage of our waterways." This quote is from the Towns web site, I would assume some of our Town Board members did not understand the part (Free and common usage of our waterways) when they imposed a fee at our beaches.
brookhavenconfusing April 19, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Alan - don't kid yourself, they understand it. This is a "parking fee", not a "use of waterway" fee. It's a kind of Murphy's Law thing - if a lawyer can find a way to get around a law, they will.
brookhavenconfusing April 19, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Sorry, I would have thought that "fallen through the cracks" in that post was clearly intended with regard to Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld warning that he was planning to vote to approve the parking fees... he was understandably silent on the issue as far as I know. I DO know for a fact that Jane Bonner stated on numerous occasions that she against these "back-door tax" fees. I notice you cleverly chose to respond in a different thread than the one I posted in, or else people might have seen my follow-up post... the one with my proof link to a June 2010 NSS article where it's written: "Councilwoman Jane Bonner (C-Rocky Point) said at a Sound Beach Civic Association meeting last week -- where attendees said they were suspicious of the new, one-year sticker -- she would not support any parks fee, calling such a move a "backdoor tax." http://northshoresun.timesreview.com/2010/06/926/we-may-soon-pay-to-access-parks/ Story straightened, you're welcome. :-)
Captain Howard Hawrey April 19, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Glad to see Jane Bonner was against this back door tax but: Is it ignorance on our part that we didn't realize it was coming or Jane Bonner's fault for not publicly letting us know this BS was coming our way?
Igor Hivolich April 19, 2012 at 11:39 PM
This fee wasn't even mentioned in Newsday!! Blind sided for sure! Yea and that new mall behind King Kullen will ruin the whole area!!! The develpoer was going to give the town 20,000 for Cedar beachand you residents fell for it hook line and sinker!! What about empty lot next to heritage diner! Thet couldn't fill that or the office bldg. behind that new TD bank. When will you all get it!! The town or any other Gov't don't care about its citizens!! Republican, democrat, liberal, conservative, whatever is in office, you the citizen will lose all the time!!! Smarten up, complain, rally , do something- stand up for yourself for crying out loud!!!
brookhavenconfusing April 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Captain, "not publicly letting us know this BS was coming"??? What did you want, a full page ad in the newspaper? The proverbial engraved invitation? It was spoken to at various Civic Association meetings, it was raised at Meet the Candidate nights during last fall's campaign, and it was reported in the North Shore Sun. Bottom line is most people don't listen to warnings until it's too late, and then they're "Huh? When did THAT happen? How come nobody told me?"
Captain Howard Hawrey April 20, 2012 at 12:48 AM
@trust_no1, I guess I'm just ignorant like the other 90% of Brookhaven residents that didn't know this was coming. Very few if any of my fellow residents knew this was happening. I go to many school events and nobody I've asked even knew about this. If not for the Patch many still would not know. There is no reason except for knowing about the outrage this would cause that they couldn't have made this more public. They have no problem putting fliers in our mailboxes for everything else, why not for this?
brookhavenconfusing April 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM
"There is no reason except for knowing about the outrage this would cause that they couldn't have made this more public. They have no problem putting fliers in our mailboxes for everything else, why not for this?" And THAT sounds like a question for Lesko, who proposed it, and the 3 Council memebers, Fiore-Rosenfeld, Kepert, and Walsh, who voted in favor of it.
Captain Howard Hawrey April 20, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Seems your trying to somehow give Bonner a pass for not notifying her district properly. Since she voted against it, she had more of a reason to let us know in my opinion. This new fee is going to backfire against many elected officials. Brookhaven residents have had enough and are tired of being treated like "taxpaying lemmings"!
brookhavenconfusing April 20, 2012 at 03:33 AM
"properly"? So you'd like a mass mailing notification or full page Newsday ad for every potential $12.50/year issue that arises? Even if there's a fair chance it might not pass? Even if it's openly discussed at Civic Association and Meet the Candidate meetings? Did I mention the part about it being a $12.50/year issue... yeah, I'm sure the "Cut Wasteful Spending" bloggers wouldn't have a field day with that one. Seems you're trying to somehow take her more to task than the ones who actually voted FOR it - they're the ones treating us like "taxpaying lemmings".
Captain Howard Hawrey April 20, 2012 at 03:51 AM
If this fee isn't overturned the fee to have let us all know will look like nothing compared to the nightmares this is going to cause at all the Brookhaven facilities that are going to require it. I expect "Transperancy" not "BOHICA" from our elected officials. Is that request unreasonable"?
LivingSmall April 20, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Good little lemming, Alyssa. Accept this backdoor tax because 'every other town does this.' When you were little, and wanted to do something because 'everyone else was doing it' didn't your mother teach you that just because someone else is doing something, doesn't exactly make it right? Accepting $25 fee here, $25 fee there -- on top of ever increasing taxes -- needs to stop. This isn't the same as holiday semantics; people are fed up with getting nickled and dimed and seeing nothing in return. Yes, the Town needs revenue. The Town also needs to look at where it can reduce costs. When the economy is tight and business is slow, you can't hit the boss up for a raise.
LivingSmall April 20, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Whatever happened to showing us what they propose and then asking for the fee? If people knew that upgrades were planned, saw plans for pavilions, etc., those of us who use the beach might not be as upset. The fee applies only to parking; will the Town provide jitney service for people who have a car but live far and can no longer afford the high gas prices and fees? One thing we all have to remember is not everyone using the beaches has money. There are plenty of poor people in Coram, Gordon Heights, etc., who deserve to use the beaches but for whom $25 for a permit might be too much money.
localmom April 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I remember he speaking out about it in the local press. I don't know if I can find the article, but I don't go to the civic meetings, and I knew about it. Sometimes it's hard to stay on top of all that is going on in gov't b/c there's so much crap to weed through, but let's be fair. Jane Bonner spoke out against the fees/back-door taxes vehemently for quite some time. She then voted against it--as did Mazzei and Panico. If we're going to complain, let's direct it at the people who voted FOR the squeeze that local gov't is putting on us overburdened taxpayers, namely: Kathy Walsh, Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld, Connie(I'm better than my constituents and I know it) Kepert, and Lesko who proposed the idea in the first place. Keep the ones fighting for us in office and vote the others out. Misdirected anger will only hurt us in the end. Keep the focus, people.
brookhavenconfusing April 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Captain - I have to ask, what would YOU have done with this info if you had it? If you live in Jane Bonner's district, she was already very vocal about voting 'NO'. Complaining to the Council members that were voting 'YES' would have been pointless - you don't live in their district and they couldn't care less what you think since you don't vote for them. If you DON'T live in Jane Bonner's district, then I say again it would have been up to YOUR district's rep to have alerted you... but I can understand your ignorance on the issue because I'm sure Steve, Connie, & Kathy were notably silent on their position.
brookhavenconfusing April 20, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Yes "Fifty Three Year Resident" (if that is your real name) anyone CAN hide behind a computer screen, however I love the responses that worry about WHO a person may or may not be, and ignore WHAT they are saying. So who am I? I'm someone who happens to believe Councilwoman Bonner, and certain others, are doing their best to do a pretty decent job of representing their districts. You, and apparently the Captain, don't... at this time it's probably best if we just agree to disagree, we're not going to change each other's mind. I only post in the interest of presenting a balance to what I see as unfair attacks, so that those who may be undecided can be presented with both sides of the coin. BTW... politicians who are on the same page working together FOR the people and not working AGAINST each other? Have you met our Congress???
localmom April 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
If you are omniscient, Fifty three year resident, and we are all (in your words) ignorant (despite the fact that many of us communicate with government officials on ALL levels), what would YOU suggest is the answer. Vote OUT the people who have fought against this tax/fee??? And then what? Confucius, please impart your wisdom on us ignorant ones.
Alyssa April 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM
How about we stop worrying about such petty things as the beach charging 12.50 a year (for TWO cars) and start worrying about more important things in this community! Most of you people spend twice that much on your daily lunch. I understand you are mad because you don't like change but COME ON! Our schools have gangs. People are losing jobs. Houses are in foreclosure. There is a serious drug problem in our community. WAKE UP!
localmom April 21, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Do not presume to know a bloody thing about any of us. Your arrogance is astounding! Excessive fees/taxation/cost of living is VERY MUCH PART OF THE PROBLEM. It's why we can't afford where we used to live, and now can't afford where we live now. So, as much as you, in a bratty/snotty way tell us to "go, we won't miss you". realize this: we just may have some life experience and education that leads us to our very valid conclusions/opinions. But then, you have all the priorities perfectly in order and have all the answers, that we sleeping people don't. Isn't that right?
Alicia Palifka April 21, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Jane Bonner fought against this FEE and is still fighting against it!
Alicia Palifka April 24, 2012 at 03:23 PM
@Fifty Three Year Resident..How dare you assume people have the ability to just leave. Leaving takes a heck of alot of more money...That would mean someone has to find a new job as well..You cannot be serious to say such a thing. That is such an unrealistic statement to make. To then say "Now go ahead and get the last word in." is a challenging statement to say the least . I think you may want to take your Superior Attitude and scale down a bit.
LivingSmall April 24, 2012 at 07:38 PM
There are plenty of other 53 year residents of the area who can not afford to stay nor can the afford to move -- the high taxes making it impossible for them to sell their homes. I know several who love the area but who financially are being forced out. Reading cruel words as, "If you can't afford to live here, then leave," makes me wonder about the compassion (or lack thereof) of some of the people around here.
John q public May 24, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Yes Jane has spoken out against the fee but also said it would be fiscally irresponsible to abolish it all together so....my opinion she's a pig in sheepskin clothing their all pigs every last one needs to be dethroned have you ever watched them on public tv....what a joke
brookhavenconfusing May 24, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Don't twist her words, her exact quote was actually, "In good conscience I can’t put forward a resolution that repeals a fee that creates a budget deficit," she said. "We continue to comb through the budget…to reduce budget lines that we don’t need to have." http://millerplace-rockypoint.patch.com/articles/town-board-tables-beach-parking-fee-discussion So she went out and negotiated budget offsets that would have allowed it to be repealed WITHOUT creating a deficit and then voted to repeal the fee. Unfortunately she, along with Panico and Mazzei, were again out-voted by Lesko and company. It's hard to understand the reasoning of those who continue to attack the one who has worked the hardest to stop this backdoor tax, while totally ignoring the ones who imposed it. I can only guess these people have an entirely unrelated agenda. It's interesting to see that this is John q public's first, and so far only, post on this board, so I'm suspicious of who exactly is the "pig in sheepskin clothing".
Nick Nola June 26, 2013 at 08:21 AM
why is everyone so upset, you signed on to live in Crookhaven

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