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Ludington parks committee talks possibility of charging for parking at Stearns Park beach

February 14, 2017 GMT

Ludington’s lakeshore vista is unmarked by meters and pay booths, but if a Ludington City Council park committee discussion moves forward, though, that could be no more.

The idea — which councilors say is still in early stages — was first discussed at a park committee meeting last month. It has yet to be introduced during a city council meeting.

“It’s still in the formative stages,” said City Councilor Dick Rathsack. “One of those things we’ve been thinking about is, we have a lot of visitors that utilize facilities in Ludington, and they really don’t contribute anything as far as the cost to maintain those areas.”

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City Councilor Brandy Henderson says it would allow City of Ludington residents to continue to park for free — something they already pay for through city taxes. Non-Ludington Mason County residents and visitors to the area would be required to pay.

Mike Krauch, head of the parks committee, said this is just an idea to increase revenue.

“There’s a lot of things you’d like to do, but you need the revenue,” he said. “It was brainstorming, which committee meetings are for.”

The parks committee will next meet Friday, March 3 at 3:15 p.m., but parking is not on the agenda. The plan is not slated to come before city council at this point, Henderson said.

“There are many details and information still needed before a recommendation from the parks committee would be made,” she said.

To make a comment about the subject or get more information, contact Henderson at bhenderson@ci.ludington.mi.us.

See the full story in Tuesday’s Ludington Daily News, print or eEdition.