(see page 10)
With the exception of Commissioner Shum, the Board voted to approve the fee increases. As usual, no prior notice of this meeting was given to the BCMCA or marina customers in general.
The Parks Board also delayed on sending the research on "comparable marinas" for two weeks, and when it did arrive, the names of the "comparable marinas" were withheld, due to "confidentiality" reasons. Which means the graph shown below is unverifiable and meaningless. (besides being barely readable).
There is a similar table for rates for vessels under 22 feet, which indicates 32% below average - but how many other marinas even offer slips of that size? Many of the smaller slips at Burrard go unoccupied even in summer, so the demand for 22 foot and under is just not there.
So, will it stop at 8% in 2018? Or will it be another 8% in 2019, and another 8% in 2020, until they "catch up" to what they claim other marinas charge? And more importantly - will we see the same level of service and quality of facilities, as some of these other pricey marinas? You be the judge.
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