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Why were boat slip lease rates increased at Carolina Beach State Park marina?

Gareth McGrath
StarNews

It has been a bargain for a number of years.

But the cost of progress will mean higher rates for boaters using the newly renovated marina at Carolina Beach State Park.

Still, state officials said the price of renting a slip or launching from the state-owned facility on Snows Cut will still be affordable compared to nearby private facilities.

Park Superintendent Terri Taylor said the roughly $3.5 million renovation project, which pretty much covered the entire marina and includes a lot of infrastructure work underground, should be wrapped up around the end of September 2010.

Now the users – i.e. mariners – are being asked to help shoulder some of the project’s cost, especially as the state parks and N.C. government as a whole struggle as the economy continues to founder.

The wheels of state government don’t move quickly, and that was one reason the park’s marina rates haven’t budged since 2004.

But when the marina shutdown for the dredging and improvement work two years ago, Taylor said that gave officials the time to see what the going rates at other facilities were.

Under the new fee system, daily transient dockage fees jump from $20 to $30, and boat-launching fees jump from $5 to $6.

But the biggest sticker shock at the marina when it reopens will be for boaters who rent slips.

The annual slip fee for a 25-foot or smaller boat will go from $1,250 to $3,275.

Vessels 36 to 40 feet will see their annual dockage costs jump from $2,185 to $5,225.

Even with the substantial price increase, don’t expect the waiting list for slips at the park marina to suddenly erode.

The demand for floating real estate, even in this down economy, remains strong.

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