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More permits to park at E. Hampton beach

A scene from Main Beach in East Hampton.

A scene from Main Beach in East Hampton. (March 2, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

For the first time, East Hampton Village will allow nonresidents to buy a weekend parking permit at its Main Beach, one of the most exclusive beaches in the Hamptons.

The village also sells 2,900 seasonal parking permits at $325 each to nonresidents, but a sign posted on the front door of Village Hall early last month said they had already sold out.

The new parking permits, which will be issued as people enter the beach, will cost $25 and are valid only on the day of purchase, which must be a Saturday or Sunday. They go on sale May 28. And, there will be a strict limit of 25 sold each day of the weekend, said village Administrator Larry Cantwell.

The village, which expects to make $5,000 a month from the sale of the permits, has enough parking to be able to sell them without creating a problem for its residents, Cantwell said. Those who park at the popular beach without a permit face a $125 fine and the possibility of being towed.

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