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Parking fee imposed at Portland Head Light park

May 14, 2019

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — The waterfront park that’s home to Maine’s oldest and most-photographed lighthouse will remain free to visitors — but not for their cars.

The Cape Elizabeth Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to charge for parking at Fort Williams Park, home to the Portland Head Light.

About 1 million people visit the 90-acre park each year to see the lighthouse commissioned by George Washington. It was completed in 1791.

Town officials said paid parking could generate $300,000 in revenue.

Under the proposal, parking fees of $2 per hour for a two-hour minimum or $10 for a full day will begin in July under a pay-and-display system. The fees will be collected between May 1 and Nov. 1. Cape Elizabeth residents will park for free.