Fee Hikes Are No Walk In the Park

Visitors to the busiest state parks can expect to pay more for daily parking passes and camping privileges starting next week, officials announced Tuesday.

The changes could affect several spots in San Diego County, including Carlsbad State Beach, Torrey Pines State Beach and Palomar Mountain State Park, the North County Times reported.

The fee increases are part of a mad dash to prevent as many state parks and beaches as possible from closing after Labor Day, officials said.

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed millions in park funding late last month, the California Parks and Recreation Department said about 100 sites would close after the busy camping holiday due to the state's fiscal crisis, according to the paper.

So far, there's no list of which places will see increased fees of between $2 and $5 more for daily parking passes and between $10 and $21 more a night for camping. The increases take effect Aug. 17.

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