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Old 10-24-2012
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Re: Opposition to liveaboards

To miatapaul's comment, "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. ":

In our area in New England, the pro rata portion of a slip fee that covers the marina's property tax is literally orders of magnitude less than the property tax a WATERFRONT land owner pays in the same area. It''s no secret that full-time liveaboards are getting something of a (virtually) free ride at the expense of the land-side residents when it comes to paying the cost of local government services.

So, if Fernandina Beach wants to charge an extra $200/month for liveaboards, so be it if it's going into the public treasury. Given the extra marina services provided to a liveaboard and the land side property tax burden, it sounds like a bargain.
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