Make us your home page

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 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

$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
765-square-foot$199 $230

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

  1. For some, Memorial Day comes around more than just once a year


    ST. PETERSBURG — It is shortly before nine on a Friday morning, and the heat is already approaching unbearable levels at Bay Pines National Cemetery.

    Iles carefully digs up the St. Augustine grass so that it will continue to grow when it is placed back on the gravesite. He tries not to disturb the root base.
  2. State budget uncertainty has school districts 'very concerned'


    While waiting for Gov. Rick Scott to approve or veto the Legislature's education budget, the people in charge of school district checkbooks are trying hard to find a bottom line.

    It has not been easy.

    The unsettled nature of Florida’s education budget has left school districts with questions about how they will make ends meet next year. []
  3. Ernest Hooper: Removing Confederate symbols doesn't eliminate persistent mindset

    Human Interest

    The debate has begun about removing a Confederate statue from outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse, and its removal is long overdue.

    Robert E. Lee Elementary, 305 E. Columbus Drive in Tampa, originally opened its doors in the early 1910s as the Michigan Avenue Grammar School. [Times file]
  4. What you need to know for Monday, May 29


    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    In the weeks before Memorial Day, cemetery caretaker Gary Iles and the staff at Bay Pines National Cemetery are busy preparing the sprawling property for the annual ceremony honoring the fallen. Iles, an Army veteran who started out as a volunteer at Bay Pines, says working at the cemetery is a way for him to continue serving those who died for their country. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Review / photos: Sunset Music Festival wraps up with Above and Beyond, more at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa


    The first numbers trickled in on Sunday, and they didn't look great.

    Louis the Child performed at the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium on May 28, 2017.