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JohnA: Regulate Moorage Costs

JohnA: With a virtual monopoly on boat moorage, I believe government needs to get into the business of regulating what is charged, like the PUC regulates the monopoly of Avista. In my opinion, marina owners who use our waterways for their docks should be allowed to recoup only the cost of their operations, including depreciation, and no more. The other alternative is for cities to get more into the business of marinas, with fair pricing to cover the costs (no taxpayer support) like CDA has at 3rd and 11th Streets. Something has to be done before mooring a boat is a rich man’s right only.

Question: Should Idaho regulate fees charged by private marina owners who lease state waterways to ensure that most boaters can afford moorage?

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