Taylor Creek - Beaufort, NC
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This could have a disastrous impact on transients that come to Beaufort to wait out the hurricane season before heading to warmer climes.
I understand the problem and have seen it firsthand many times: poorly maintained and anchored or moored local boats. This proposed solution seems overly broad and is mostly negative toward transient boats, that arenâ€™t the problem there. Why not instead pass an ordinance that boats that stay more than 30 days need to register? Also, the liability insurance requirement is a state-level issue, just like it is for cars.
John nailed it with the 30-day limit.
Florida has provided us with numerous examples of how NOT to do this without trampling on the rights (and maritime laws) relating to transients.
Derelicts are easily identifiable and should bear the onus of compliance in lieu of some blanket â€œone size fits allâ€ action that adversely affects everyone.
My $.02 worth.
The whole discussion of Beaufort is interesting. This wonderful town seems to be doing all it can to stop cruisers from visiting. We have stopped going there, due to the very high cost of the Beaufort Town Docks. Our last time there cost more than any marina we had ever stayed in. We have not returned, and do not plan to until the rates are reasonable. Over the years, we have stayed there probably ten times, and spent lots of money in Beaufort. I wonder if the local Chamber of Commerce knows of the townâ€™s actions and rates at the marina?
Peggy Sue, Monk 36