(AP) — The Maui County Council is considering reserving at least half of all public beach access parking for residents and charging visitors parking fees. The Maui News reports that the proposals come as frustration grows with overcrowding and large numbers of tourists. The number of travelers to Maui has rebounded in recent months after plunging at the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year. One council member says resident vehicles could get stickers or another form or identification for beach parking. Another option is for parking fee machines to scan Hawaiʻi driver’s licenses. The proposals were referred to the council’s Budget and Finance Committee for an upcoming meeting.
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