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10/23/2013 12:01:00 AM
Summer business down slightly at city marina
Charles O'Neill

Business at the city marina was down slightly this past summer, according to the year end report from Harbormaster Mike Johnson. Johnson presented his report to the Harbor Springs Harbor Commission at their regular meeting Oct. 16.

Johnson reported the 2013 season at the city marina was down two-percent from 2012, "attributed to a summer that really didn't start until 1:00 p.m. on the 4th of July!" he wrote.

Revenues from seasonal and transient dockage and moorings, kayak and dinghy storage, launch ramp, electric sales, cable tv and pop and ice sales totaled $393,011 in 2013, compared to more than $403,000 last year, but up from 2011 which totaled only $385,500.

"We did register fewer boats than in 2012 overall, but quite a few of those registered stayed for the seven days maximum stay and beyond," Johnson wrote.

Regatta attendance was down to 63 boats this year, he noted, with 20 boats staying at the city marina.

"Attendance at regattas nationwide is down from past years and I see the trend continuing," Johnson wrote.

In other business, the Harbor Commission:

-Approved changes to the licensing rules for commercial watercraft, permitting Stafford's Pier Restaurant's Pointer boat to operate on a "charter" basis. Previously, the boat had operated only for donations, not a charge per passenger. This approval will go to city council for the final okay.

- Discussed enforcement for boaters who had used the Zoll Street overflow lot for long term storage (which is not currently permitted).

- Discussed the marina dredging project (reported in last week's Harbor Light Newspaper).

- Recommended increasing dock and mooring rates to be increased by two percent. The last increase was several years ago.

-Discussed minor capital improvement projects for the docks and harbormaster building

-Recommended revision of the rules for occupancy of mooring, where the lease-holder must actually use a mooring or risk losing that mooring to someone on the waiting list.

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