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No parking fee at Dubois Park

Posted at 10:00 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 23:40:01-05

UPDATE: Since the county had already backed off its plan to impose parking fees, for now, Jupiter council backed off the resolution for the time being.
The next meeting may take place to discuss other options and suggestions to deal with DuBois Park overcrowding and safety concerns.

Town leaders in Jupiter are expected to discuss a controversial plan on Tuesday to charge visitors to park at a popular beach.

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation put up signs last month at DuBois Park that said, effective March 1, county residents would have to pay $10 to park on weekends and holidays. Non-county residents would have to pay $20 a day.

Town and county leaders said they were trying to cut down on overcrowding, which was becoming a safety issue.

But following some pushback from the community, those signs were taken down last week after Palm Beach County commissioners decided to reverse their decision.

Jupiter town leaders said new ideas are now being discussed to deal with overcrowding.

"It looks like they are going to take a very thoughtful approach for a resolution, whatever that is," Jupiter Vice Mayor Ron Delaney told WPTV last week. "The fear is if people are forced out of parking at the park, they are going to park at the inlet village, where we already have parking issues as it is. There’s a shortage of parking in this area."

Jupiter Town Council is expected to discuss those parking issues at DuBois Park at its meeting Tuesday night.

WPTV will provide updates online and on air.