Sarasota News Leader

12/07/2012

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NO MORE FREE BERTHS White hulls stood out against the blue sky and water in city's mooring field in July. Photo by Norman Schimmel CITY'S NEW MOORING FIELD OFF BAYFRONT PARK SHOWS A PROFIT FOR ITS FIRST 30 DAYS OF OPERATION By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The decades-old practice of free boat moorings along the bayfront is over, gone the way of the Payne Park baseball stadium and the Hover Arcade. first 30 days, we exceeded expectations. The city will get a check for the first month's operations." The city — using its own money and grants — put Boaters are now paying $250 per month to Mari- about $1 million into the 35-unit mooring field. The first attempt at installing mooring anchors failed na Jack for the right to stress testing; another moor. company was called in Harbormaster Sam ChavOn Nov. 1, we began charging to do the job properly. ers reported to the Sara- rates. For the first 30 days, we exceeded Marina Jack Inc. manages the area. The contract sota City Commission expectations. calls for the city to cover Monday, Dec. 3, saying, a percentage of any finanSam Chavers "On Nov. 1, we began cial losses and to share in Harbormaster charging rates. For the City of Sarasota any profits.

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