No More Free Parking At Tamarack?

by The Editors on November 17, 2007

Tam Park

We got a Carlsbadistan news tip this morning letting us know of a notice that was added to the Tamarack Surf Beach sign on November 8. Apparently, California State Parks has filed a permit (#6-07-111) with the California Coastal Commission to install “an automated fee collection device in the Tamarack day use lot.” We know that in the past there have been some issues with the Tamarack parking lot and that the City of Carlsbad has paid tens of thousands of dollars to keep if free.

California Parks and Rec filed for a permit to build a “mechanical fee collection device” in the Tamarack parking lot in 1997, but that application was postponed when the Coastal Commission met on May 13, 1997.

We’re hoping this “fee collection device” is simply a tactic being used by California State Parks to encourage the City of Carlsbad to ante up, because if the Tamarack Surf Beach becomes paid parking, all it’s going to do is push all those people up into the streets of Carlsbadistan and that is not something we’re looking forward to.

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Palisades observer January 13, 2008 at 9:31 am

Urban sprawl is ON ! It’s part of being a american. Just wait till they make you have a license to surf. It’s one of the last free things to do- play in the ocean. It will cost money to use the beach. It seems as if it is heading in that direction. I don’t care I walk to the beach. Charge em !!!!

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