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No parking: Georgina increases parking fines along Lake Simcoe

Penalties increase to between $100 and $150 starting May 22
May 13, 2021
Amanda Persico

After receiving approval from the province, the town is increasing no parking and no stopping fines within the newly created Waterfront Park Buffer Zone, spanning all town roads along the entire Lake Simcoe shoreline as well a section along the Black River in Sutton.

Starting May 22, no parking fines in lakeside communities will increase from $30 to $100 and no stopping fines will increase from $50 to $150.

The increased parking fines applies to existing no parking or no stopping zones, meaning the town will not be adding new areas to the no parking or no stopping areas.

The new Waterfront Park Buffer Zone -- where tourism and residential neighbourhoods overlap -- has been an area of concern for a number of years, resulting in conflicts between residents and visitors.

“The fines have been increased in an effort to reduce illegal parking and stopping in our waterfront area,” said Mayor Margaret Quirk. “These areas become busy during the spring and summer months as residents and visitors are drawn to the lakefront.”

Thousands visit Lake Simcoe each weekend throughout the year, especially during the summer months.

When the parking lots at Willow Beach, Holmes Point and De La Salle Park are full, town bylaw officers are faced with parking issues on side streets impacting neighbourhood safety and access for emergency vehicles, she added.

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