Proposed Fee Increase at Seashore Generating Opposition

Bare BeachPROVINCETOWN – A proposed fee increase at the Cape Cod National Seashore is bringing opponents together to fight any increase.

Specifically at issue is the rate for pedestrians entering the park, which would go from $3 to $10.

Karl Thompson is a former Supervisory Visitors’ Assistant at the Park and said increasing fees for pedestrians would encourage more vehicles, causing more environmental damage.

“So you could have a van full of 8 people and it would still be 20 bucks for only one parking space. But if you have 8 pedestrians that could technically be $80,” he said.

Thompson said an additional problem with pedestrian fees in general is the porous nature of the park and the logistical difficulty of collecting fees.
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