Grand Haven revising the way it collects fees for boats on the seawall

Grand Haven boat fee update

GRAND HAVEN, MICH. - The city of Grand Haven says it will revise its way of collecting a fee from boaters who tie-up to the Grand River seawall overnight.

City Manager Pat McGinnis says they will now use the "honor system" when it comes to paying a $10 fee to use the seawall after hours.

Originally, the marina staff had been going to each boat, attempting to collect the money, saying it was a mandatory fee -- however, that didn't sit well with some boaters or the city's Harbor Board, who wanted the city council to get rid of the fee.

Many boaters thought it punished those who only stayed occasionally and the city admits it’s had problems with boaters who stayed several nights in a row. 

The seawall fee has been in place since 2007, but wasn’t enforced consistently until this year. The city of Grand Haven says it owns the seawall and is responsible for maintaining it. There are plans to repair some of the missing and broken cleats over the next few weeks.

McGinnis says city staff will not be collecting fees this weekend, but after that, the new box will be located at the marina. The honor system is like the one used at rustic campgrounds around the state.

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