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Parking Will Cost More This Summer At Some OC Beaches

NEWPORT BEACH ( — Parking at some Orange County beaches will cost more this summer.

Last week, the California Coastal Commission approved a plan to install parking machines and hike holiday parking fees.

Starting July 4, it will cost $20 for a day pass (instead of $15) at Crystal Cove State Park, Doheny State Beach and San Clemente State Beach.

The new charge comes after the commission took a huge hit to its general fund in the last five years.

Some commissioners expressed concerns that $20 was too much to ask people to pay.

Park visitors said it's $5 more worth spending.

"It was worth $15, and for the extra $5, we'll do it," said Dale Chapman.

Other beach-goers said the parking price shouldn't change.

"I think they should keep it the same. Leave it at $15," said Craig Wolfson.

The good news? This year, the rates will only go up July 4 and on Labor Day weekend at Crystal Cove and parts of Huntington Beach.

The state will watch the program to see how beach visitors respond.

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