Bay Harbor: Ship Shape
By Cassandra Favre
Feb 21, 2014, 18:46
The opening of the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor is only a few months away and the city is getting ready to market the facility. The illustrations of the completed harbor will adorn rack cards, provided by Hancock County Tourism, that will soon be distributed at boat shows across the Coast.
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday approved the slip lease agreement, slip rental rates and utility fees for the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor.
All seven members of the harbor commission attended the meeting and Commissioner Lee Seal collaborated with council members as they went over the lease agreement and fee schedule.
"These rates are cheaper than a lot of places, " Ward One Councilman Doug Seal said.
"I think the harbor commission has done a great job on this," Ward Six Councilman Lonnie Falgout said.
Ward Five Councilman Joey Boudin asked when people could start requesting slip applications.
"We would like to get that information to you all for the next meeting,"Seal said.
Seal said the city partnered with Hancock County Tourism, who is providing in-kind services for marketing.
"Part of what they're doing is rack cards," Seal said. "We are also going to send representatives from the tourism bureau with these rack cards, to about five or six boat shows in the next couple of weeks in New Orleans, Gulfport and Mobile."
The first publication for harbor master position was posted last weekend, Seal said.
"As of today, " Seal said, "we've received eight resumes."
The rates approved by council are as follows:
• Slip rental rates per month for pier one are: In-state rate is $6 per foot and out-of-state rate is $7 per foot.
• Slip rental rates per month for piers two, three and four are: In-state, $3.85 per foot and out-of-state, $4.25 per foot.
• The transient rate is $1 per foot per day.
• The day pier will have a four-hour grace period for temporary visitation after which the normal overnight transient rate will apply.
• The length is measured from the tip of the boat to the end of the motor.
The full-service marina will contain 160 slips, ranging from 35 to 60 feet, all with electrical and water service connections; 12 of the slips will be ADA compliant.
A fuel dock and pump-out stations are included.
The harbor will also have a 350 foot day pier and 1,000 foot fishing pier with covered fishing platforms.
"The new harbor is going to be a premier destination," Mayor Les Fillingame said Wednesday. "Local and regional boaters are already expressing interest in docking here.
"Its location in the heart of Old Town sets it apart from other harbors in the area. It's literally walking distance from all that downtown has to offer."
For more information, contact Buz Olsen at 228-466-8951.
In other action:
• Council approved the re-appointment of Mike Benvenutti to the Bay-Waveland School Board for a five-year term.
• Council added a second public forum to the agenda following the attorney's report to give citizens an opportunity to comment on items discussed during the meeting.
• Council approved updating Ordinance 547 to allow fishing and crabbing off of the east wall of the harbor.
• Council approved Ordinance 548 to adopt the 2012 revisions to the International Building codes for the city, including a new fee schedule.