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County to expand parking lot at Las Vegas welcome sign

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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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