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Fees at Scappoose Bay Marine Park to increase

COURTNEY VAUGHN - Babette Heeftle (right), finance manager for the Port of St. Helens, explains why the port decided to increase its usage fees at Scappoose Bay Marine Park during a meeting Wednesday, March 25. The new fees will take effect July 1.

New fees were established Wednesday, March 25, for Scappoose Bay Marine Park.

Port of St. Helens commissioners voted unanimously to approve increasing the moorage, day use and boat launch fees at the marine park.

Starting July 1, moorage fees at the bay will increase 5.14 percent for monthly rates. The fees cover boathouses, floating homes, boat trailer parking and open and uncovered use of facilites.

The same increase will be applied to launch and daily use parking fees.

Per the new schedule, daily launch fees will be $5 and annual launch permits will be $83. Seniors 62 and older can purchase annual permits for $49 and day use passes for $3.

“We feel we do need to keep up with inflation on these rates,” Babette Heeftle, finance manager for the port, said Wednesday.

Heeftle said the port hasn’t increased its rates in accordance with the raise in other prices.

Port commissioners also approved an updated services contract with Scappoose Bay Kayaking Adventures LLC, which takes a new RV park at the site into account.

Commissioners met in Clatskanie Wednesday evening for the port’s monthly work session. Patrick Trapp, the port’s executive director, said the agency is likely to hold some of its monthly meetings over the next few months at various locations within the county.

“We try every spring through the fall to move work sessions to various locations so that not everyone has to come to us all the time,” Trapp said.

The port’s next regular commission meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8.