South Whidbey port district raises moorage rates

Mooring at the Langley marina will be a little more pricey next year.

The Port of South Whidbey Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to raise rates at South Whidbey Harbor.

The changes will increase annual revenue to a projected $220,000 from the current $140,000 per year. The changes will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

The new rate schedule establishes flat fees instead of a separate fee for moorage and utilities. The flat fees make payments easier for the staff, said Angi Mozer, finance manager, during the meeting.

The overnight transient moorage rates will be increased to $1.15 from $1 per foot, per night. The new rate includes utility fees for boats of all sizes.

New rates will be added for day-use moorage for boats over 50 feet: $15 for two hours and $30 for up to five hours. Rates for smaller boats will remain the same.

Long-term moorage rates include a change for annual moorage to $11 per foot per month from $7.50. The monthly rate will increase to $11.50 with utilities included, from $8.50 per month.

The live-aboard fee and seasonal application fee will remain the same, athough annual dinghy moorage will increase to $90 per year from $75 per year.

The motion passed in a 2-1 vote with commissioners Curt Gordon and Chris Jerome supporting. Commissioner Dennis Gregoire called for a higher increase in overnight transient moorage to $1.20.


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