Headline: Public slips slip away from some boaters
Article from USA TODAY:
Checkout sidebox discussion: Waterfront rebuilding effortsWhitley Bay has gone condo — a "dockominium," boaters call it — alongside a new 13-story yellow tower that houses affluent newcomers to downtown Cocoa's waterfront. It has stopped renting slips to the general public and instead assigns spaces to residents who can afford an expensive yacht-club membership.
That has made Whitley Bay a flash point in a class conflict over boaters' access to America's waterways.
"It's a growth-management issue that we're seeing on the waterways," says Paul Ouellette, a middle-income boater and a captain with the Florida Freshwater Fish and Conservation Commission in Tallahassee. "I can't use that private marina. I can't buy gas there. And I can't use their boat ramp."
No one has counted the slips and ramps lost to the public, making it hard for governments to manage access.
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Other cities listed: Pittsburg, CA, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, & Bucks County, PA.Toledo, Ohio is revitalizing a 126-acre waterfront after a $19-million cleanup of former industrial sites on the Maumee River. A centerpiece for the new project: A $5 million, 180-slip public marina with spaces to rent to residents and visitors from Lake Erie. "They'll come from Buffalo or Cleveland or Canada," says William Carroll, Toledo's director of economic and community development. "It's very important to draw people in to Toledo to spend some money."