Hearing Set on Proposed Marine Fee Increases

Costs have gone up at the Sandwich Marina since 2007–but fees have not.

Following a public hearing set for 8:30 PM Thursday, August 7,  at town hall, the Sandwich Board of Selectmen will decide whether to increase marina fees next year and again in 2017.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers, which leases the marina to the town, will have the final say after the selectmen about the proposed increase in fees.

The proposal would raise a variety of marina fees. The cost of summer-long dockage for recreational vessels would rise from $100 per foot to $120 per foot next year, and $130 per foot in 2017.

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The dockage fee for half a summer would go from $50 per foot to $60 next year and $65 in 2017.

The annual commercial dockage fee would rise from $40 per foot to $50 per foot next, with no increase slated for 2017.

Among other increases, the electricity fee for summer transient vessels would rise from $2.25 per foot to $2.50 per foot next year and $2.75 in 2017.

Sandwich harbormaster David Whearty said Tuesday, August 5, that the town last increased its marina fees in 2007.

Since then, Mr. Whearty said, operating costs have risen at the marina, but the fees have not.

The harbormaster said the proposed fees take into account similar fees now charged by marinas in nearby towns.

If anything, Mr. Whearty said, Sandwich is tempering the increases in recognition of the desire of the Army Corps to offer affordable recreational opportunities along the Cape Cod Canal.

The planned inclusion of fee increases for 2017, the harbormaster said, is a way to move up the fees in a gradual manner over time.

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