Jamestown, RI, Boatyards React to Boating-Related Rate Hikes
January 6, 2011
The Jamestown Press: Owners of Jamestown, Rhode Island’s 4 boatyards have expressed similar reactions to the Harbor Commission’s proposed revisions to the Harbor Ordinance and Harbor Management Plan.
The revisions were unanimously approved by the Harbor Commission at a Dec. 8 meeting. The Town Council will meet with the Harbor Commission in a workshop after the first of the year.
The reforms include an “across the board” rate increase of approximately 24 percent for mooring holders, outhauls and beach permits. The marina-leasing fees paid to the town are allocated for harbor-infrastructure work. Under the new proposed ordinance, the funding available for this work would increase by depositing one-half of nonresident mooring fees, one-half of commercial mooring fees, and all beach-permit and alcohol-permit fees in a capital fund for harbor projects.
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