Collier could eliminate beach parking stickers for non-residents

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NAPLES, Fla. Parking at Collier County beaches may soon be more expensive for those who don’t live in the county.

County government would bring in twice as much money by doing away with beach parking stickers for non-residents, a county study shows. Those stickers, free for residents, are currently available to everyone else at a $50 cost.

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The study looked at revenue from 2016, when the county sold nearly 10,000 stickers and made almost $500,000. Making non-residents pay to park each time would have brought in about $1 million, according to the study.

The county is in the midst of renegotiating its agreement with the city to allow county residents to park at city beaches for free. Both sides agree the county should pay more money for the access, so county commissioners are looking at ways to fund the new deal.

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