Originally Posted by fallard
Maybe Fernandina considers the liveaboard fee an equitable charge for establishing a de facto residence in town, in addition to the added marina use incurred.
The land side residents are paying for roads, schools, police, trash pickup, sewerage, water, etc, undoubtedly through property taxes. It would only be fair that waterside "residents"--vs short-term transients--represent consumers of public services and should pay more than boaters who are merely parking their boats at the marina.
A web search will show that the median property tax for Fernandina Beach is almost $200/month.
But the liveaboards pay slip rental and that helps pays the property tax for the marina. So they do pay tax, just as someone who rents an apartment helps to pay the property tax for the landlord.
Now I want to move to Fernandina Beach as I am paying over 800 a month in property tax for a very modest house (under 1500 square feet).