SOUTHWEST HARBOR– Selectmen decided to review a recently approved harbor fee that would have commercial barges paying more than five times what they have been.
A commercial landing barge fee of $5,000 was added to the town’s updated harbor fee schedule created last fall. Members of the harbor committee proposed making a separate fee to address the wear and tear barges cause on the concrete ramp. Previously, commercial barges paid a dock ramp permit fee according to the number of times they use the landing at the Manset Town Dock. For residents, that fee topped out at $800 for more than 120 uses and for non-residents it topped out at $1,600.
Selectmen didn’t balk much at the barge fee on the list of proposed harbor fees that they approved at their April 28 Zoom meeting. They were having a difficult time approving a $10,000 fee proposed for passenger ferries (increased from $1,500) operating from the town’s facilities.