As it had indicated at its meeting two days earlier, the East Hampton Town Board adopted new nonresident beach parking and driving fees last Thursday.
General nonresident beach parking permits will cost $500 this year, mirroring the fee in East Hampton Village. The permit cost $375 in 2019 and increased to $400 last year, though only around 70 such permits were sold before sales were suspended in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Sales of the permit will be limited to 800.
Family permits, issued to blood relatives of those who own or rent property, will cost $150. They cost $75 in 2019, when 608 such permits were sold, and were raised to $85 and then, in a second resolution, $100 last year, when just 206 were sold. Up to 800 family permits will be sold.
Beach parking permits for shareholders in co-ops will also cost $150 and be limited to 125. Permits issued to motels and resorts, which issue them to their guests, will also cost $150 and will be limited to 600.
Daily beach parking permits at Kirk Park Beach in Montauk will cost $50, up from $35 last year.
Nonresident beach driving permits, which cost $275 in 2019 and rose to $300 last year, when just 26 were sold, will cost $400.
The fees, and the number of permits to be offered, are both subject to change by further resolution.
The town's costs increased last year with the implementation of more stringent cleaning protocols at beach restrooms, more cleaning of beaches, and town employees increasing their presence at beaches and beach parking lots to enforce social distancing.
Beach parking and driving permits are free to residents of the town.