NYCkayaker Kayak Fee Reduction!
Thu Jul 8 16:39:20 EDT 2010
We just received permission to run this article, which ran in the news
section of the lower Hudson Valley (http://www.lohud.com) and was written
by Aman Ali. It came to us via Lee Goldsmith, the president of HRWA, who
thought it would be of interest to our subscribers.
Mamaroneck kayakers persuade village to lower daily launch fees By Aman
Ali (email@example.com) June 24, 2010
MAMARONECK -- A group of residents have persuaded the village to lower its
fees to launch a kayak in the Mamaroneck harbor.
The village currently charges $20 a day for residents to park by the
harbor and launch their kayaks off a public ramp. A yearly pass costs $80.
"I think it's discouraging because a lot of the people going kayaking are
local residents,"said David Hellerstein, founder of the group Kayakers
Alliance of Larchmont and Mamaroneck. "If you're on a limited budget, it's
hard." In response to the kayakers' protests, Village Manager Richard
Slingerland said the board will vote during its next meeting June 28 to
lower the daily fees to $5 to park a vehicle and $5 per kayak to launch
from the harbor's ramp. The price for a season pass will stay the same.
Village harbormaster Joseph Russo said the village has always charged fees
to launch kayaks but it wasn't until this year that they really enforced
the fees. "It's a very fair price, I feel," Russo said. "You can use the
ramp whenever you want all year long for 80 bucks. It's a pretty good
deal." Hellerstein raised the kayakers' concerns at a Village Board of
Trustees meeting earlier this month. The alliance of around 150 is an
informal networking group of local residents who kayak in Long Island
Sound. Hellerstein said he's seen more people get interested in kayaking
since the group started about four years ago. "It's become more popular
because it's an accessible sport," he said. "Plus the Sound is cleaner
these days, and people who are interested in outdoor activities see the
Sound as an attractive place to kayak in." Hellerstein said he'd like to
see the village also lower seasonal fees. New Rochelle charges $55 a
season to launch kayaks, and Westchester County only charges for parking
to launch kayaks at the beach near Playland in Rye. "Eighty dollars just
seems a little high for what is essentially a three-month season,"
Hellerstein said. He emphasized both he and his fellow kayakers don't want
to be seen as being at odds with the village. "We really appreciate how
the mayor, village manager and trustees have been willing to listen to us
and discuss our ideas further," he said. Mayor Norm Rosenblum said he
thinks the seasonal fees are fair and the board doesn't plan to lower
them. "We voted on these fees, and the way we passed it was based on the
recommendation of our Parks and Recreation Department and our
harbormaster," he said. "Personally, I think it's reasonable."
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