Increase in Town Recreation Fees Raises Eyebrows

Parking and possible boat mooring fees have set off opposition among some Huntington residents but so has the steep increase in recreation fees.

Where some Democrats and several social media commenters see the fee increase as a direct result of a need to pay for excessive hiring, Supervisor Chad Lupinacci’s office blame Suffolk County requirements and town budgeting needs.

Town spokeswoman Lauren Lembo said, “New Suffolk County requirements forced changes increasing the administrative costs of running parks and recreation programs. Rates were revised to ensure that fees charged cover the costs of running those programs and taxpayers are not on the hook for programs and facilities they do not use. Even so, the town’s parks and recreation programs are still the least expensive programs around.”

Out-of-towners wanting to use facilities face the biggest increases.

“Non-residents were arriving early and crowding out our beaches for night fishing, ” Lembo said. “The increase for non-residents gives priority to Huntington residents, making it easier for residents to take advantage facilities and recreation their town has to offer.”

Here are some of  the town fees.

RECREATION PHOTO ID CARDS STATUS OLD 2019 Available
Resident Adult  18 yr-59 yr (2 yrs) increasing $20 $40 Town Hall & Ice Rink
Resident Adult 18 yr-59 yr (1 yr) new $25 Town Hall & Ice Rink
Resident Senior 60 yr/Disabled 13 yr & up (2 yrs) increasing $10 $15 Town Hall & Ice Rink
Non-Resident Card (1 yr) increasing $50 $100 Town Hall
BEACH PERMITS
Resident Daily Beach Permit increasing $25 $30 All Beaches
Non-Resident Daily Beach Permit increasing $35 $75 All Beaches
Resident Seasonal Beach Permit no increase $40 $40 All Beaches
Senior Resident Seasonal Beach Permit no increase FREE FREE Crab Meadow, Centerport & Quentin Sammis/West Neck Beaches
Fire Dept/Rescue Personnel Resident Seasonal Beach Permit no increase FREE FREE Town Hall

Town Grants Contracts for Summer Programs

 

 

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