Camping fee at the Fort Pickens campground will be increased from $20 to $26 from this Friday. The Gulf Islands National Seashore has taken this step in order to make adjustments for the operational costs that are increasing day by day and also to be compatible with other campgrounds in the region.
The camping fee at Mississippi’s Davis Bayou campground will also be increased from $16 to $22, reports say.
Usually, fee rates are reviewed every 7 to 8 years at the campgrounds but the fees for camping at the National Seashore have not been changed since 1997, even after the salaries have been increased by 53% and the usage and rates of electricity have been increased more than 50 %.
The Fort Pickens campground and road were closed until 2009 after the hurricanes Katrina and Ivan and the rate hikes have been put off following the aftermath.
The proposed increase in the camping rates has been supported by the majority public. However, reservations made prior to the increase in the camping fee are honored. Also, campers over 62 years of age and those with the Senior passes and also Access passes for the disabilities will receive a 50 % discount.