Boaters question proposal to increase mooring fees

Local harbormasters and harbor management officials are questioning proposed legislation that would add a state mooring fee on top of the existing municipal fee.

Reps. Joseph Trillo (R-Dist. 24) of Warwick and Scott Slater (D-Dist. 10) of Providence, co-sponsored the legislation, House Bill 2015 H-5257, that would allow the state to collect between $150- $500 in mooring fees per vessel, depending on the size of the mooring. The proposed bill would add a $150 fee for moorings up to 500 pounds; $250 for moorings between 500-1,000 pounds; and $500 for moorings of more than 1,000 pounds.

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