Per­ryville re­vis­its cost, num­ber of per­mits for town boat launch

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

Cur­rently,

PER­RYVILLE

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.

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