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Sad but true. That's the same reason wooded areas are disappearing around where we live. Developers don't care a bit about preserving the local ecology. It's cheaper (and probably faster) to clear cut everything, build, then plant a few paltry saplings.
Actually property taxes have a lot to do with that too. I know folks who have owned woodland and didn't use it for anything, they just held on to it for nature's sake, so the deer would have a place to wander around, and people could go camping occasionally. When property taxes around where I live went skyrocketing some of these people simply couldn't hold on to land that wasn't being used anymore, it was costing them too much, so they let it go to developers who of course promptly bulldozed it and built luxury homes with a view. From an economic perspective it's great, but not so great for the deer ...
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Well luckily there are a couple areas nearby where the city stepped in and passed ordinances disallowing clear cutting. My house was built on such land and the developers are only allowed to cut down enough trees to accomodate the house and modest front/back yards. Anything more and they are fined, HEAVILY!
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Duuhhh.... "New owners = higher fees". Welcome to the free enterprise system.
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Liveaboard under attack by marina

Over here in Australia most if not all marinas payments are either by the month, quarterly, half yearly or yearly. As an incentive the greater the prepaid period paid for the greater the discount. In other words the greater the prepaid period the greater the level of reduced rate. Personally I have no problems with extended prepaid periods of marina payments.

However what is beginning to happen is that marinas reduce the number of smaller berths. Thus 10 meter berths are becoming harder to come by. As a consequence boat owners are finding themselves having to place their smaller boat in bigger births, and of course at greater cost. Coupled with the local councils and the port authority are dictating the number of liver-a-aboard allocations making things even harder.
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