Pay to park now on the state-owned beach accesses at Orange Beach
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) – Getting ready to spend a day at the beach? There is one more thing you need to do now before you hit the sand, pay to park.
For the first time ever, free parking at all Orange Beach beach accesses is a thing of the past, and while some don’t care, âit’s okay. This is quite normal. I think the prices seem pretty reasonable by the hour if you don’t stay all day, âsays Rachael Williams visiting St. Louis.
Others, like Birmingham’s Mark Logan, hate it. âPay for parking. You can see that the lot is 90% empty. People come here to have fun not to be nickeled and obscured.
The state park system actually has the four beach access areas of Orange Beach. Kiosks are now operational in each of them. Three dollars for a few hours, five dollars for four hours, and 10 dollars for the whole day. âIt’s not a grab for money from Montgomery,â says Gary Ellis, director of Gulf State Park. âIt’s a reinvestment of our own system here at the park. 100% of the revenue generated by parking will stay in the park. “
So a trip to the beach might just get a little more expensive, but the income from paying the park will help keep the eyesight invaluable.
Full-time residents of Orange Beach are exempt from paying for parking. The city has an agreement with the state park system that allows two free passes per household simply by providing a driver’s license with an Orange Beach address.