Perryville revisits cost, number of permits for town boat launch
— An internal working group is currently examining the cost and number of boat launch permits issued by the town every year and expects to make a report to the mayor and commissioners next week.
At a recent town meeting, Perryville officials voted in favor of an ordinance that changed the language specifying how many permits could be sold.
“In the future, the number of permits will be set by resolution,” said Denise Breder, town administrator.
Perryville makes 500 permits available for boaters wishing to set a boat in the water at the launch off Roundhouse Drive. Only 25 of those are for out-of-state boaters, who pay $10 per day or $50 for the season. In-state registered boats and trailers pay $5 for a day permit or $25 for the season sticker.
“We have talked about honor boxes and to other towns and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources,” Breder said.
Like other waterfront towns in Cecil County, Perryville got financial assistance in its launch construction from DNR, giving the state agency a say in the cost and number of permits.
“We have talked with them about price,” Breder said Tuesday, adding that the state will look at what other towns, such as Port Deposit, offer.
Port Deposit charges the same as Perryville, but has no limit on the number that can be sold. On average, 300 are sold annually, according to Kathy Gray, administrative assistant for Port Deposit.
Breder said Perryville hopes to have a decision made in time for the new season of permit sales, which would begin Jan. 3. Last January, some out-ofstate boaters were not happy with how quickly those 25 seasonal permits were snapped up.