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

Sandspit Marina, Corey Beach affected.

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: Sandspit Marina, Corey Beach, Mt Sinai Marina, Port Jefferson Marina, Blue Point Marina, . Cedar Beach - Main and West, Shoreham Beach, West Meadow 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.

Krieger noted Thursday that several other towns on Long Island collect fees to park at beaches. A Town of Babylon beach pass is $35 a year. In the Town of Islip, residents purchase a town recreation card for $25 for three years.

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

jared April 09, 2012 at 08:32 PM
what a load of ____. Suffolk, this is why your youth is leaving/ not buying homes
Kris Bauer April 09, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Well, looks like my son and I will be going to the free park at the end of Rider Ave. because there is no way I am paying $25 to use the park at Sandspit. There isn't even a beach there anymore. What exactly am I paying for? The playground is nothing special and I can park by the water free at the end of South Ocean Ave.
marie machado June 06, 2012 at 08:16 PM
i have a boat slip there and am still required to get a pass..what a crock of ___!!
marie June 06, 2012 at 08:18 PM
i agree...

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