Two years after its first price increase in more than a decade, the entrance fee for vehicles into Fort Pickens will increase by $5 starting in January.
The rise in price is a result of the nationwide entrance fee structure that was established three years ago by the National Park Service.
The rate for vehicles had been $8 and went to $15 in 2015. It will now be $20 per vehicle and the pass is good for seven days. Annual passes will increase from $30 to $40.
Gulf Islands National Seashore Public Affairs Specialist Brent Everitt said Gulf Islands phased in its new fees slowly in order to avoid a major rate hike all at once.
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