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Boat Ramp fee a possibility in New Port Richey
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Boat Ramp fee a possibility in New Port Richey

New Port Richey, Florida - On Tuesday, the New Port Richey City Council revisited a proposal to charge a fee to park at the Sims Park Boat Ramp.

The ramp is located on the west bank of the Pithlachascotee River.

The council wanted to examine the fees once again, after turning down the idea back in February.

With a looming projected $800,000-deficit in the general fund budget for the fiscal year 2012, the council needed to ensure the shortfall was addressed.

Councilwoman Ginny Miller introduced the concept of using the boat ramp parking fees that were talked about earlier in the year to generate advertising money.

Councilman Bob Langford concurred that the concept was worth examining once again. 

The concept for charging for parking at the Sims Park Boat Ramp was first discussed on February 1st.

However, the council did not go for the idea.

That proposal was based on charging to use roughly 20 boat trailer parking spaces, in addition to 12 single-unit spaces at the site.

Here's how it would work.

Parking permits would cost $5 a day, as well as $50 for an annual pass.

It would also cost $4,507 to put the system into place.

It also includes an "Iron Ranger" station in certain areas to collect funds and lane restriping.

This plan is said to create $5,000 yearly.

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