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Parking fee at Pere Marquette approved by city commissioners

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 12:14:50-05

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Muskegon city commissioners have approved a proposal to charge for parking along Lake Michigan at Pere Marquette beach.

There will be 20 kiosks at the beach and the money from parking fees would be used to maintain the beach, which takes up about $500,000 in the city’s annual budget.

It will be $5 for a day pass Sunday through Friday, $7 for a day pass on Saturdays and $20 for an annual pass. Fees do not apply to city residents.

Some people at the Wednesday meeting asked commissioners to table the issue because they felt it was a money grab, but the motion was still passed.

The kiosks are expected to cost less than $200,000 to install.

A city official says they are still working on a start date for paid parking at Pere Marquette beach. It would start anytime between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with a test of the kiosks possibly coming a few weeks before the unofficial start of summer.