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PA port lowers moorage rates

July 23rd, 2014 - 5:29am

(PORT ANGELES)-- The Port of Port Angeles will roll back moorage rates to 2013 levels for the Port Angeles Boat Haven and the John Wayne Marina.

Port commissioners yesterday voted 2-1 for the temporary change after hearing the results of a report on moorage rates.

The rate structure, along with facilities improvement projects and marketing strategies were all part of a Commission-authorized study, conducted by an Advisory Committee that was formed in early 2014.

Some of the proposals by the committee included setting a benchmark for slip occupancy, limiting moorage rates in line with the consumer price index, a rate structure based on vessel size, and a pay ahead plan that would allow one month of free mooring.

The Advisory Committee selected six marinas in in western Washington for a comparative study of rates.

Following a discussion between the commissioners on the merits of the proposed plan, Commissioner Jim Hallett put the motion up for approval. Hallett headed up the advisory committee.

Commissioner John Calhoun was the one dissenting vote. He felt that the proposal did not offer enough assurance of a positive revenue return in light of the Port's current expenses.

The report recommended adding year-round boat launches, more dock carts, laundry areas and fish cleaning stations. It also recommended better marketing of the marinas at trade shows, publications and improving the port's web pages.

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