Per­ryville dou­bles num­ber of out-of-state boat per­mits

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Out-of-state res­i­dents will have a bet­ter shot at se­cur­ing a launch per­mit when boat­ing sea­son re­turns next year after the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers voted on Tues­day night to dou­ble the num­ber avail­able.

The ap­proved res­o­lu­tion will al­low town hall to sell up to 50 of the per­mits, which give boaters who live out­side Mary­land un­lim­ited use for $50. Those with­out the sea­sonal per­mits must pay $10 each day to use the town launch on Round­house Drive. In-state res­i­dents can pur­chase a sea­sonal pass for $25 or spend $5 for a daily per­mit.

The mayor and com­mis­sion­ers’ de­ci­sion to change the lan­guage in the code to al­low up to 50 out-of-state per­mits means the town will now is­sue twice the 25 per­mits it cur­rently does when they be­come avail­able start­ing the first busi­ness day in Jan­uary.

“I like the 50,” said Mayor Jim Eber­hardt. “It solves the prob­lem. We were not is­su­ing the num­ber of outof-state per­mits that were in de­mand.”

Each Jan­uary, Per­ryville quickly sells out of those 25 out-of-state per­mits, to the con­ster­na­tion of those left be­hind. Their only al­ter­na­tive is to head to town hall and pur­chase the daily pass.

How­ever, that too is about to change. The board has also agreed to in­stall an honor box for a one-year trial pe­riod. Eber­hardt said the honor box may solve the outof-state is­sue.

PER­RYVILLE

“We may not need as many out-of-state per­mits with the honor box,” he said, hint­ing that per­haps the num­ber could go back to 25.

Com­mis­sioner Michelle Linkey also likes in­creas­ing the num­bers.

“It’s very im­por­tant to be a good neigh­bor to our in-state and out-of-state boaters,” Linkey said.

That in­cludes keep­ing the price the same as Port De­posit’s boat launch. She added, she would not be in fa­vor of sim­ply hav­ing daily launch sales.

“For those peo­ple who truly use it, we don’t want to gouge,” Linkey said. “If we wanted just to make money, we’d just have the honor box.”

The in­ter­nal work group charged with study­ing the honor box sys­tem is ex­pected to make its pre­sen­ta­tion on the hard­ware it­self at the De­cem­ber town meet­ing.

Per­ryville hopes to have the same suc­cess as Port De­posit, whose honor box brought in more than $21,000 in fis­cal year 2015. In the first year, Per­ryville an­tic­i­pates col­lect­ing $13,000.

Per­ryville of­fi­cials first dis­cussed rais­ing the num­ber of out-of-state per­mits in 2011. Then-com­mis­sioner Michael A. Daw­son wanted boaters to have easy ac­cess to the fa­cil­ity re­gard­less of their ad­dress. An­other com­mis­sioner at the time, Bar­bara Brown, said a work group charged with set­ting the ini­tial fees kept the out-of­s­tate per­mit num­ber low for fear of town res­i­dents be­ing locked out and the town be­ing over­run with out-of-state boat trail­ers.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Per­ryville will now sell up to 50 sea­sonal per­mits to out-of-state boaters be­gin­ning Jan. 3, 2017. Next month the plans for a honor box — sim­i­lar to this one used in Port De­posit — will be ex­plained to the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers.

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