Chatham County fishermen, boaters oppose parking fee for Lazaretto Creek

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – There is a new catch for fishermen and boaters who use the Lazaretto Creek area.

The National Park Service is looking to charge a parking fee for vehicles. The proposed fee is $10 per vehicle a day or $50 per vehicle a year.

“It’s a public dock. I don’t understand why you have to pay for a public facility.”

Ken Wade, Concerned resident

The Park Service held a public meeting on Tuesday night at the Fort Pulaski National Monument to get feedback from Chatham County residents. Workers said they plan to use the money from the parking fee to maintain the area. This will include: creating a better-paved parking area, improving accessibility at the boat ramp and fishing pier, and removing debris. However, residents argued at the meeting that they are already paying taxes to use the boat ramp.

“It’s been free since I was a child, and we’ve already bought and paid for it with our tax dollars, and the concern is the national park service sees the need to control and the need to charge access.”

Chuck Eaton/ Concerned resident

Management of the section of the park switched from Chatham County Parks and Recreation and Georgia Department of Natural Resources to the National Parks Service in 2015.

Residents have until October 26 to leave a comment online using this link. The new fees are expected to go into effect on January 1st.

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