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Notice and Rules for Parking Passes on State Parks
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES STATE OF GEORGIA NOTICE OF INTENT TO AMEND THE DEPARTMENT’S RULES FOR PARKING PASSES ON STATE PARKS AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division (PRHSD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Georgia Rules for the State Parks and Historic Sites System on March 31, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., in the DNR Board Room, 1252 Floyd Towers East, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia. These Rules are being promulgated under the authority of Section 12-3-10 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, as amended. These amendments are proposed to Section (3) of Rule 391-5-1-.03 and will increase the daily parking pass rate for motor vehicles with capacities of 12 passengers or fewer, including the driver, at all state parks except Tallulah Gorge. The proposed change will increase the daily parking fee for such vehicles from $2 to $3. The daily parking fee for such vehicles at Tallulah Gorge State Park will remain at $4. System-wide, the annual parking pass rate will increase from $25 to $30. The daily parking fee and annual parking fee for larger-capacity motor vehicles (more than 12 passengers) will not increase. Discounts to senior citizens and disabled veterans will continue in the same percentages but will reflect the increased rates. Exemptions from the parking pass requirements, which are set out in Rule 391-5-1.03 (3)(b), will also change slightly. School groups and others currently exempt from the parking pass requirement will continue to be exempt, but authority will be granted to the Director, with the Commissioner’s concurrence, to halt free Wednesdays at those sites where the natural, historic or cultural resources are being negatively impacted from overuse. At the public hearing, anyone may present data, make a concise statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument. Written comments are also welcomed. To ensure their consideration, written comments should be received on or before March 31, 2005. Please address comments to Sandy Lee, Assistant Director, Parks and Historic Sites Division, Suite 1352 East, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30334. This notice, together with an exact copy of the proposed rule revisions and a synopsis of the proposed rule revisions, is being mailed to all persons who have requested, in writing, that they be placed on a mailing list. Copies of all these documents are also available by mail and are available for review on the Georgia State Parks Web page (www.gastateparks.org). Please call (404) 656-2770 to request copies by mail. The proposed rule revision will be considered for adoption by the Board of Natural Resources at its meeting on April 20, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., DNR Board Room, Suite 1252 East, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, Atlanta, Georgia. SYNOPSIS OF PROPOSED RULE CHANGE These amendments to Section (3) of Rule 391-5-1-.03 will increase the daily parking pass rate from $2 to $3 for any motor vehicle with a capacity of 12 or fewer passengers, including the driver, at all state parks except Tallulah Gorge State Park, where the $4 daily parking fee for such motor vehicles will remain the same. The proposed rule change will also increase the fee for annual parking passes from $25 to $30. Discounts to senior citizens and disabled veterans will continue in the same percentages. Exemptions from the parking pass requirements, which are set out in Rule 391-5-1 (3)(b), will also change slightly. School groups and others currently exempt from the parking pass requirement will continue to be exempt, but authority will be granted to the Director, with the Commissioner’s concurrence, to halt free Wednesdays at those sites where the natural, historic or cultural resources are being negatively impacted from overuse. STATE PARKS AND HISTORIC CHAPTER 391-5-1 SITES SYSTEM RULES OF GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC SITES If adopted, the following will replace the existing Rule 391-5-1-.03 (3) in its entirety. Rule 391-5-1-.03 Access to Sites (3) Parking Pass. (a) Parking Pass Required. No person shall park a motor vehicle on any site without purchasing and displaying a daily or annual parking pass, except as provided in this section. (b) Exceptions. The following shall be exempt for the requirement to display a daily or annual parking pass: 1. School groups, including vocational schools, colleges and universities, accompanied by one or more teachers. 2. Daily lodge restaurant users. 3. Individuals attending one-day conferences at lodges (not including overnight guests). 4. Government, delivery, and service vehicles where the drivers or passengers are conducting business with authorized representatives of the department. 5. Visitors to historic sites where admission is charged. 6. Visitors for special events sponsored or co-sponsored by an outside group or community organization, at the discretion of the site manager. 7. Golfers parked at golf course parking lots, where a portion of the greens fees are applied to the parking pass program. 8. Daytime visitors on Wednesdays, except at those sites where the Director, with the concurrence of the Commissioner, has determined that overuse is negatively impacting the site’s natural, historic or cultural resources. (c) Rates. 1. An annual parking pass shall be available at a cost of $25.00 $30.00 per year per pass, except as otherwise provided in these rules. Senior citizens (62 years of age or older) may purchase an annual parking pass at a cost of $12.50 $15.00 per year per pass for vehicles with a capacity of 12 passengers or fewer, including the driver. Annual parking passes shall be available at a cost of $50 per year for motor vehicles with a capacity of 13 to 30 passengers, including the driver; and at a cost of $200 per year for motor vehicles with a capacity of more than 30 passengers, including the driver. 2. A daily parking pass shall be available at a cost of $2.00 $3.00 per day per motor vehicle with a capacity of 12 passengers or fewer, including the driver, except at Tallulah Gorge State Park where the daily parking pass shall be available at a cost of $4 per day for each motor vehicle with a capacity of 12 passengers or fewer, including the driver. In all parks, the daily parking pass shall be available at a cost of $20 per day for each motor vehicle with a capacity of 13 to 30 passengers, including the driver; and a cost of $50 per day for each motor vehicle with a capacity of more than 30 passengers, including the driver. The daily parking passes shall be valid at all sites visited on the day of purchase. Overnight guests will be required to purchase only one daily pass per vehicle which shall be valid for the duration of the uninterrupted stay. 3. Georgia residents certified as disabled veterans by the commissioner of veterans service may purchase a daily pass for $1.50 $2.25 or an annual pass for $18.75 $22.50, when the pass is to be used for his or her own motor vehicle. Certified disabled veterans 62 years of age and older may purchase an annual parking pass for $9.38 $11.25, when the pass is to be used for his or her own motor vehicle. 4. Where utilized in these Rules to determine the price of a daily or annual parking pass, the capacity of a motor vehicle is determinative of size only, regardless of the number of persons actually occupying the motor vehicle at the time of purchase of the daily or annual parking pass. (d) Purchases. 1. Annual passes shall be available at all sites and division offices. 2. Daily parking passes may be purchased at collection boxes or site offices. (e) Display. All passes shall be hung from the inside rearview mirror of the vehicle. Vehicles without inside rearview mirrors shall display the pass in another place clearly visible from the exterior of the vehicle.

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