Block Island Times

Harbors Committee keeping an eye on pump out fees

The Harbors Committee revisited the subject of charging marinas for pump-out services at its meeting on Thursday, April 18. The initial idea was to charge an annual fee based on the gallonage pumped from boats at each private marina — data the Harbors Department has. They have estimated that 40 percent of the sewage the Harbors Department collects comes from boats staying at private marinas.
The Harbors Committee’s argument is that since the town doesn’t pay the sewage fees for hotels, they shouldn’t for marinas, either. While pump-out services have been provided free of

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