Parking meters at the Bay Shore Marina that have been installed by the Town of Islip will be turned on starting Monday, replacing an entry-fee method that’s been used for several years.
“The decision to implement the plan at the facility was prompted by the delays that were experienced by patrons upon entering the facility during last year’s summer season,” Islip Town spokeswoman Caroline Smith said in an email. “The delays were a result of the popularity of the numerous and varied attractions that exist within the marina facility.”
Ten meter machines have been placed throughout the property, which also houses the Shipwreck Cove Spray Park, a playground, Benjamin Beach and Bay Shore Manor Park, and is a popular destination for fishing.
The newly metered lot joins two other town parking program locations in Bay Shore, including the Long Island Rail Road lot where meters began operating in January, and at the Maple Avenue docks, next to the Fire Island ferry terminals, that started last summer.
Town board members also have approved meters to be installed along the Main Street business corridor and municipal lots nearby, but a date for those meters has not yet been set, Smith said.
In the Bay Shore Marina, fees for parking from Monday to Friday are 50 cents an hour during standard operating hours, which run 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day, and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. the rest of the year.
Weekend fees, running from Fridays after 5 p.m. to Mondays at 2 a.m., as well as holidays, will be $1 per hour. A “value lot” in the middle of the marina aimed at those wishing to park for longer periods of time will be available at 25 cents an hour.
Currently, there is no charge to park in designated areas for boat owners with a valid mooring permit or in handicap spots when an appropriate permit is displayed.
Parking time limits vary, with areas marked for four-hour, 20-hour, and up to 10-day parking. Parking rules will be enforced by the Town of Islip Public Safety Enforcement, and violators will be ticketed with a $75 summons, the spokeswoman said.
Entrance fees for vehicles, which were free for town recreation card holders, $5 for Islip Town residents without a recreation card and $10 for nonresidents, will no longer be collected by a booth agent, the town said.
Those card holders can park for free this summer but will need to pay the meters starting in 2017, according to the town’s website.
For other specifics on the new parking meter rules, visit townofislip-ny.gov, and click on Municipal Parking Meter Program.