Parks, public landings get fees tweaked
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.
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.