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Parking fines to increase 300 percent near Tahoe’s Speedboat Beach

Staff report

BROCKWAY, Calif. — Last week, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to tighten parking restrictions on roads near Speedboat Beach, and to increase the fine for illegal parking from $25 to $100.

During its meeting in Olympic Valley, the board also approved creating a designated loading and unloading area at the main public access point to the beach located on the California side of Tahoe’s North Shore.

According to a county news release, the board directed staff to work with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the community to secure private funding to increase patrol and enforcement of existing county and state ordinances on the beach.

Staff will also pursue a pilot program to fund additional patrols and enforcement of the parking laws by the California Highway Patrol.

“I want to give credit to the community and to county staff for all their time and input to help us come up with solutions that will begin making a difference right away,” District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery said in a statement. “As someone who visits Speedboat Beach regularly, I can see the challenges with parking and beach use. We look forward to continuing to refine these measures and work with the community to develop others in the future to make sure we keep making progress. ”

Some supervisors joined staff to tour the beach — also known as Bucks Beach — with area residents on April 18 to “better appreciate the issues and proposed solutions,” according to the county.

Much of the Speedboat Beach area is privately owned, but the number of visitors has reportedly grown in recent years as low lake levels from the drought increased access to more of Tahoe’s public shoreline.

“Parking and traffic congestion have worsened as a result, and area residents have expressed concern about trespassing and other overcrowding issues like littering,” according tot he county.

Beginning in late winter 2015, Placer County hosted three community meetings to seek input on possible solutions.

County staff hope to begin full implementation of the new parking rules by June 1, officials said, noting that the changes will be revisited a year after implementation to ensure they’re working as intended.

“Toward better managing public access to Speedboat overall, the board also expressed support for creating a new series of signs at the beach to help delineate public access areas, clearly identify beach rules and help visitors better appreciate the beach’s natural resources and the need to protect them,” according to the county.

County staff last week also recommended replacing the aging wooden stairs that provide access to the beach and installing a permanent public restroom with flush toilets, replacing the portable restrooms installed seasonally during the summer months, according to the county.

Visit tahoepublicbeaches.com/speedboat-beach to learn more about the beach.