Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tarpon Springs considers raising marina fees

TARPON SPRINGS — Some fees at the city marina, the same for nearly a decade, may soon jump more than 65 percent.

City commissioners will consider increasing docking and electricity fees to pay for rising costs, the third in a series of fee increases for services the city has passed in the past year.

All three services — the marina, golf course and water — are paid for through enterprise, or self-supporting, funds. But the city isn't bringing in enough money to cover long-term costs like infrastructure repair and other improvements, said City Manager Mark LeCouris.

City officials hope to get grant funds to replace aging pilings and decking at the marina. But the city will likely have to come up with half of the funds for the project, LeCouris said. The higher fees should help with those costs and will also bring the city in line with other municipal marinas in Pinellas County, LeCouris said.

"When cities are looking at slashed revenues, we need to look at all avenues for revenues in the future," said Mayor Beverley Billiris. "Nobody is looking to gouge anyone, but we're trying to stay equal to what other cities are doing."

Clearwater's City Council voted last month to lower dock rental fees at its municipal marina in an effort to fill dozens of empty boat slips there. But Tarpon's small, 21-slip facility on the Anclote River is in high demand, city officials said.

If commissioners approve the changes, daily rates will increase from 90 cents per foot of boat length to $1.50 per foot. So, a 26-foot boat that pays about $23 a day would pay $39, a hike of more than 65 percent.

Monthly rates for residents, which are determined by the square footage of the slip, would go up an average of 15 percent. An 800-square-foot slip would go from $208 a month to $240. A 560-square-foot slip would go from $146 to $168.

Commercial and nonresident vessels would pay higher fees for monthly use: $300 for an 800-square-foot slip, up from $250; and $210 for a 560-square-foot slip, up from $175.

Other changes being considered:

• The implementation of a $25 annual city registration for long-term rentals.

• A $10 per month increase for electricity.

• The maximum stay for transient (short-term) vessels would drop from 30 days to 14 days. Longer stays would require city approval.

• Vessels would be removed for nonpayment if an owner falls 60 days behind.

Commissioners will discuss the item tonight and could vote on it in the coming weeks.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4162.

Fast facts



City commissioners will discuss raising marina fees at their meeting at 6:30 tonight at City Hall, 324 E Pine St. The city marina is at 100 Dodecanese Blvd. at the Sponge Docks. For information, call (727) 937-9165.

By the numbers

Daily fees for transient vessels

CurrentProposed
$0.90/per foot of boat length$1.50/per foot of boat length
$18.90 (21-foot boat)$31.50 (21-foot boat)
$32.40 (36-foot boat)$54 (36-foot boat)
$39.60 (44-foot boat)$66 (44-foot boat)

Long-term monthly fees, by slip size

Current Proposed
800-square-foot$208$240
765-square-foot$199 $230
560-square-foot$146$168
345-square-foot$90$104

Tarpon Springs considers raising marina fees 03/16/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 16, 2009 8:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Here kitty, kitty ...

    Blogs

    In a toned down version of the annual rookie dress-up day based on MLB's new anti-hazing policy, Rays rookie players and staff - plus second-year LHP Blake Snell - donned DJ Kitty onesies for the trip to New York.

    Rays rookie players and staff - joined here by Alex Colome - sporting their DJ Kitty onesies before the flight to New York.
  2. Pasco residents affected by Irma invited to town hall meeting

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Representatives from Pasco County Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will play host to a town hall-style meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the first-floor boardroom of the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey

    Sandra Cunningham assesses the damage a water oak did to her Church Avenue home when it crashed into her bedroom roof during Hurricane Irma.
  3. Lightning's Nikita Kucherov has a lot to say — about moving on to a much better season

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov sits back in his stall and smiles.

    Laughs a little, too.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) prepares for a faceoff during the first period of Friday's  (9/22/17) preseason game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Clearwater man shot, seriously injured

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A shooting Sunday morning in unincorporated Clearwater left one man seriously injured, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  5. Mother of double amputee Ireland Nugent to lose her own lower right leg

    Human Interest

    Ever since Ireland Nugent lost both her lower legs in a lawn-mowing accident five years ago, the Clearwater girl has inspired her mother, Nicole Del Corpo-Nugent, with the courage she has shown in overcoming the tragedy.

    Nicole Del Corpo-Nugent, left, looked on as her daughter Ireland threw out the first pitch when the Tampa Bay Rays played the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on June 22, 2014. Jerry Nugent held his daughter for the pitch. Now Nicole Del Corpo-Nugent is facing surgery to amputate her own lower right leg due to a rare infection. WILL VRAGOVIC  |  Times (2014)