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County to expand parking lot at Las Vegas welcome sign


Sam Morris

Tourists pose in front of the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

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The 10-space parking lot at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign has become so popular that Clark County will spend $500,000 to add 20 more spaces.

On the median of Las Vegas Boulevard South, near Mandalay Bay, the 53-year-old sign is ground zero for tourists, who flock to the Las Vegas icon to have their picture taken.

Dodging traffic to get to the sign became a dangerous endeavor, so the county built the parking lot to provide better access. But the line for photos is still long, and Denis Cederburg, the county public works director, said more parking spaces are needed.

County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said his office has received complaints that some of the wedding chapels in town are cutting in front of people waiting in line because they have sold wedding packages that include a photo by the sign.

Cederburg said the county will look into posting signs noting that no group or business has special privileges.

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  1. I agree with atj.

    Hopefully this lot will allow entry from the north bound lanes. As it is, the only entry is from the south bound lanes and it always creates confusion, sudden u-turns and traffic snarls.

  2. For such a world famous landmark, its absurd it only has 10 spaces or 20 additional spaces, I wonder if other world famous landmarks have a 30 space parking lot hahahahaha usa! usa! usa!

  3. Hopefully they will also do something about the design of the exit from the parking lot as well. These stupid tourists exit the parking lot not paying attention that the exit dumps them into a 45mph lane from a standstill. I have to drive past that sign on my way to and from work. I can't tell you how many times I have had them pull out in front of myself and other cars as well. Then mix in all the wild taxi drivers and it's a recipe for trouble.

  4. How about a modest parking fee to recover the cost of the parking, upkeep, and security for the attraction.

    Assuming 30 spaces, $1 per auto, complete turnover every hour, every day of the year:

    $1 x 30 x 12 x 365 = $131,400.

    A modest and useful pay-as-you-go sum.

  5. $500,000? You must be kidding. Not justified. Leave it as is.

  6. $500,000 here; $581,000 there. Soon, it will add up to real money, to paraphase Everett Dirkson. Between this expenditure and the stupid "study," we now have a better idea of why Clark County is broke! The fools on the Commission just can't find enough ways to drive us deeper in debt! They simply cannot prioritize as you & I do in our private lives. They're like kids in a candy store; buying everything in sight - with other peoples money, of course!