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County realizes loss of boat slips

By BILL VARIAN
Published January 25, 2007


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TAMPA - With local boat slips, ramps and marinas disappearing or going condo, Hillsborough County commissioners want planners to devise a no-net-loss policy.

Commissioners heard a report Tuesday about the worsening lack of public access to the water. There are nearly 50,000 registered boats in the county, with 600 more signing up annually. But the number of private wet boat slips open to the public is just 562 and the number of private dry slips is 626.

The county has lost 820 boat slips over five years as developers either build condo housing or go from renting slips to selling them, according to a survey by the county's Planning and Growth Management Department. All that takes away public access.

"It is a big concern," said Commissioner Rose Ferlita.

Planners offered a list of strategies for countering the trend, including having the county buy marinas or slips, coming up with public-private partnerships or offering tax breaks to property owners who operate marinas.

Commissioners asked them for three recommendations from that list or from other suggestions they get from the public.

[Last modified January 25, 2007, 00:46:09]


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