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National Seashore to hold public meeting to discuss fee increase

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Padre Island National Seashore is proposing an increase in park fees. Padre Island National Seashore is proposing an increase in park fees.

The Padre Island National Seashore is a popular tourist destination in the Coastal Bend and in order to provide updated amenities for visitors, the park is proposing a fee increase.

"the money from camping, entrance and boat ramp fees is used to improve facilities, infrastructure and visitor services," PINS Superintendent Mark Spier said. "we are committed to keeping the park affordable but we also want to provide visitors with updated amenities and the best possible experience.

The proposed increase in fees are as follows:

  • Single Vehicle (7-day pass): Current, $10; Proposed, $20.
  • Annual Pass: Current, $20; Proposed $40
  • Individual (7-day pass): Current $5; Proposed, $10
  • Motorcycle (7-day pass): Current $5; Proposed, $15
  • Daily Boat Ramp Launch Fees: Current; $5; Proposed, $5
  • Annual Boat Ramp Launch Fees: Current; $10, Proposed, $30
  • Malaquite Campground Fees (1-6 people): Current, $8; Proposed, $14
  • Bird Island Basin Campground (1-6 people): Current, $5; Proposed, $8

A statement from PINS officials say that commercial tour flat rate fees would remain at the current rate. 

Entrance fees are not charged to visitors under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Annual, Senior, Access, Active Duty Military, or Volunteer passes. These may be obtained at the park.

The public is invited to an open house to discuss the proposed increase in park fees. That meeting will be held today, Wednesday, September 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Seashore Learning Center at 15801 South Padre Island Drive.

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