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Rain or Shine, Suffolk Park Holiday Still On

Joseph Pinciaro
Southampton Patch

The weather on Thursday might not be shaping up to be another sunny scorcher, but locals will have the opportunity to go to Suffolk County-run beaches for a day at a discounted rate, as the county attempts to promote its parks system as a destination locals can take advantage of right in their own back yard.

Officials hope that 'Discover Suffolk County Parks Day' will spur sales of its Green Key, which grants residents discounted access to county parks for three year terms. On Thursday, everyone pays as a Green Key holder. For beaches, that’s $8 parking instead of the regular $15, and for inland parks, $6 instead of the $13 norm.

“In these challenging economic times, many county residents are staying on Long Island instead of vacationing elsewhere during the summer months,” said Legis. Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, sho sponsored the legislation green-lighting the incentive.

“This discounted admission fee will allow visitors the opportunity to explore these opportunities close to home.”

On Thursday, however, rains could hit hard. The National Weather Service has a hazardous weather outlook in store for the East End through Tuesday, noting that "periodic thunderstorms Thursday through the weekend could result in localized flooding."

While there was no rain date scheduled, Schneiderman noted that he could bring up the idea again – however that would once again require legislative approval.