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I just spent 4 nights in the Crow’s Nest Marina in Venice and was charged $20.64 for what is billed as “overwater tax,” in addition to the sales tax! Is this legit? Has anyone ever been asked to pay this? If it is a legit tax is it usually included in the slip fee? I feel like I have been ripped off. BTW, I have never stayed at a more poorly run marina. See my recent post on Active Captain.
See y’all at FBM,
We have been traveling in Florida and staying in Marinas for over 20 years and never heard of this before. I suspect the marina has found another way to get into our pockets. Good to let everyone know so we can avoid this one.
You may have encountered a local municipal tax or a local county tourist tax that applies to transient dockage. Those things are local and are legal. Of course you may have been ripped off because a Florida business can charge fees for products and services, but it can only collect “taxes” for a legitimate taxing authority such as a port authority, city, county, and the state of Florida. I would challenge the business operator to point to the state statute or local ordinance that permits the collection of the tax above the Florida state/county sales tax.
That’s a new one on me. Definitely worthy of a conversation with the dockmaster. But Venice has a long history of anti-boating and anti-boater behavior. Like Marco. We skip ‘em…
That said, Marine Max on the canal just south of Venice often has the best fuel prices in the region, so if you need fuel, be sure to check while you’re in that area.
Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary,
Venice does indeed have a fairly new “Structures Over Water” regulation.
What I could not find was whether there was an associated tax to be passed on to consumers or if the “tax” on the Crow’s Nest bill was their wording to recoup the cost of complying with the regulation. A phone call to Crow’s Nest should clear this up.
We stayed there two years ago, our net cost came to $1.98 ft. Power was OK, wifi was not. We didn’t try to get into the restaurant. Lots of places in town. Had a lot of fun mixing with locals on the island in the middle of the inlet.
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