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Re: Bahama entry fees are rising, again?
There are plenty of power boat cruisers. This is not a get the sail boater fee. This is about increasing revenues and an attack on the cruising community. Power boaters are a significant part of the cruising community. Power boaters are not our enemy here.
Bimini's problems were quite different. They are primarily a fishing destination. When they changed the regulations in 2008, they required that the fee be paid every second visit - buy one visit get ONE free. It wasn't stated that way but that was the effect. As I've said before Bimini was almost destroyed after those changes but are now enjoying somewhat of a comeback because the officials are turning a blind eye to the infractions.
Spanish Cay and Treasure Cay marinas and to some extent Boat Harbour marina, sports fishing destinations are empty because of this fee structure.
The feeling in the Bahamas is that they have a monopoly on good cruising grounds in that part of the world and they can charge whatever they want. People will grumble and complain but in the end they'll come anyway. Revenues are down because there are fewer cruisers due to the down turn in the US economy and so they raised the rates.