Bristol, RI, to Raise Mooring Fees for Nonprofits
February 28, 2017
EastBayRI.com: Non-profit sailing schools that educate the next generation of sailors in boating-centric Bristol [RI] may soon be paying more than double the price to moor their small crafts in Bristol Harbor, after the Town Council voted to charge them as commercial businesses.
For a generation, the East Bay Sailing Foundation and the sailing school at Herreshoff Marine Museum have moored their small sailboats in the harbor each summer, in easy reach for the hundreds of children and adults who earn their stripes in the schools each year. In that time, both schools have paid the town the residential rate for mooring fees, saving the non-profits that operate in the red money on such administrative costs. That tradition is likely coming to an end this year, after the Town Council voted last Wednesday to charge the schools the more expensive commercial rate.