Parks, pub­lic land­ings get fees tweaked

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — In an ef­fort to en­hance lo­cal busi­ness part­ner­ships with the Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Parks and Recre­ation, the county com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved an in­crease in land­ing per­mit fees for non-Mary­land res­i­dents and to in­crease the rev­enue share with lo­cal busi­nesses sell­ing land­ing per­mits. The ac­tion was taken dur­ing the com­mis­sion’s Tues­day, Dec. 13, meet­ing.

Though the bud­get is on a fis­cal year, James Wood, county pub­lic land­ings su­per­vi­sor, told the com­mis­sion that the de­part­ment’s per­mit pro­gram runs on a cal­en­dar

year, so it was look­ing for an ap­proval so it could up­date its brochures for the up­com­ing year.

Wood said that by in­creas­ing the out-of-state land­ings per­mit fee from $60 to $70 an­nu­ally the de­part­ment would in turn be able to in­crease the lo­cal busi­nesses’ re­turn by $0.50. Ven­dors that sell land­ing per­mits will now re­ceive $1.50 per per­mit for all land­ing per­mits sold.

The fee for non-Mary­land res­i­dents pub­lic land­ing per­mits had not been changed since 2010, and the ven­dor rev­enue share had not changed since 2001, Wood said.

“[The De­part­ment] wanted to work with our lo­cal busi­nesses and our ven­dors to get a small, mod­est por­tion of the fee back when they sell the per­mits in their es­tab­lish­ment,” Wood said.

The de­part­ment es­ti­mates that the an­nual out of state per­mit fee will in­crease rev­enue by about $4,300 and projects the im­pact for ven­dor shares at $2,691, a $1,609 net in­crease in rev­enue for the de­part­ment. The an­nual land­ings per­mit is an en­ter­prise fund, which means the fund is self-sus­tain­ing through user pur­chases.

Through the 2015 cal­en­dar year, mi­nus sta­tis­tics from the county’s fi­nance of­fice and An­gler’s Sport Cen­ter, the about 430 boat ramp per­mits were sold. To date in the 2016 cal­en­dar year, 440 per­mits have been pur­chased.

As stated by the Mary­land De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, the state max­i­mum for out of state an­nual per­mits is capped at $75. Tal­bot, Kent and Caro­line coun­ties all have lower land­ing fees at $40, $50 and $50, re­spec­tively.

Land­ing per­mits are sold at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions: An­gler’s Sport Cen­ter, An­napo­lis; Cen­tre­ville Out­doors, Draper Broth­ers, Price and Gan­non Hard­ware, Queen Anne’s County Fi­nance Of­fice, Queen Anne’s County Parks and Pub­lic Land­ings Of­fice, Ch­e­sa­peake Out­doors and Is­land Tackle, all in Cen­tre­ville; JBK Hard­ware, Ch­ester­town; Rhodes Store, Church Hill; Out­post Citgo, Crump­ton; Molly’s Place, Kennedyville; First State Sport­ing Goods, Mary­del; Blue Heron Golf Course, L&B Ma­rine, and Western Tire and Auto, all in Stevensville.

The Queen Anne’s County Parks and Recre­ation Ad­vi­sory Board ap­proved the ac­tion to raise the ven­dor share of per­mit sales dur­ing its Nov. 14 meet­ing.

Queen Anne’s County has 17 avail­able pub­lic land­ings and ramps and are as fol­lows: Ben­netts Point Land­ing, Br yan­town Land­ing, Cabin Creek Land­ing, Cen­tre­ville Land­ing, Crump­ton Land­ing, Deep Land­ing, Good­hands Creek Land­ing, Jack­son Creek Land­ing, Kent Nar­rows Land­ing, Lit­tle Creek Land­ing, Mat­a­peake Fish­ing Pier and Ramp, Ro­man­coke Pier, Ship­ping Creek Land­ing, South­east Creek Land­ing. Thomp­son Creek Land­ing, Ware­house Creek Land­ing and Wells Cove Land­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the De­part­ment of Parks and Recre­ation’s web­site at www.park­snrec. org.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

An­nual out of state per­mit fees for Queen Anne’s County Parks and Recre­ation land­ings has in­creased from $60 to $70. The Cen­tre­ville Wharf, above, is one of mul­ti­ple land­ing spots in the county.

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