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Civic Holiday 2014 was the kind of hot and humid day that attracts visitors to Port Stanley in droves for a cooling dip in the lake. Main Beach and the parking lots around Main Beach were packed almost to capacity, and at each parking lot long lines formed while people waited to pay for parking.

The crowds of tourists were at levels this reporter hasn't seen here since that fabled May 24, 2010 holiday Monday when traffic jammed up at Edith Cavell and William Streets and tourists were stuck in their cars for hours. Port Stanley did not have Pay Parking in those days; it was only implemented last year. Last year each lot had multiple machines were people could pay to get their parking ticket and I don't remember ever seeing more than a couple of people in line to pay after the first week the machines were running.

This year; however, there seems to be only one machine in each of the pay parking lots and there are frequently line ups at each of them whenever it gets busy. There were line ups to pay for parking on August 3rd, and even longer line ups to pay for parking on August 4th. This was particularly noticeable at the Prespa lot and the municipal grassy lot on Edith Cavell.

But the "Beach Parking" signs directing people to the pay parking lot at the south end of Carlow Road didn't seem to be able to generate many takers. That lot was almost empty, although the free parking along the road shoulder right beside that lot was filled to capacity. It also has only one machine at which to pay for parking, but there were no line ups of people waiting to pay for parking at this lot. Of course, with all the cars parked along the road shoulder, it was hard to see where the actual entrance to that parking lot was located, and there is no noticeable signage directing people to the beach from that parking lot.

At Port Stanley we have not yet received any letters from visitors about having to wait to pay for their parking, but we'll post them if we get any.

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