he City of New Buffalo City Council voted at the recent council meeting to increase beach parking fees from $10 to $12 per day, a rate that will increase revenues for the City beach and is competitive with other area beach parking fees.
City taxes support the City beach. Up to two City beach parking lot season passes per household are allowed for no charge. Last year’s proxy cards are still valid. The City offers a limited number of reduced parking passes to area residents. Non-resident passes are available for New Buffalo Township residents and property owners for purchase of $40 with 50 passes available. For other non-residents, there are 25 passes available at $50 each. These season passes are also proximity cards. Parking passes may be obtained by residents or they may be purchased, while supplies last, at City Hall. City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The beach gate system started working this month. Sunsets and sunrises are still free. Collection hours are between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Visitors using the parking lot before or after these collection hours do not have to pay to visit the City beach.