Provincetown announces changes to harbor regs & fees

Definition of resident changes, dinghies must be properly permitted

The Town of Provincetown announced changes to the town's harbor regulations and fees. The changes were adopted following a public meeting hosted by Provincetown selectmen at the town hall on June 22. 

Most of the changes put into effect clarify definitions in the current amendments. There were onl two fee changes made following the public meeting.

The first change was a request made by the Provincetown Part-Time Resident Taxpayers Association. The association requested a change in the defiinition for "resident" as spelled out in 2-2-14. The term resident was essentially separated into three distinct terms: "resident" - a registered voter in the Town of Provincetown; "non-resident taxpayer" - someone who owns property in town but does not live reside in town and "occupant" - a person who resides in town for 6 or more months a year, but is not a "resident" or a "non-resident taxpayer".

Changes were also made to clarify the current mooring field chart (2-8-3, 2-8-4, 2-9-1). 

The majority of changes to the harbor regulations pertained to vessels on the beach, both public (3-2-1) and private (3-2-2). Vessels (including lines and anchors) without proper authorizations from the harbormaster may not be on a public beach. Vessels 17' or longer may not be on a public beach from April 15 to November 15 (changed from May 15 to October 15). No vessels with an enclosed cabin may be stored on a public beach for more than 7 days per calendar year. Vessels may not be on private beaches or private property (including lines and anchors) without the consent of the property owner. 

Beached boats (dinghies) must have a proper ID permit issued by the harbormaster. New beached boat permits are valid between April 15 and November 15. Beach boats must be removed from the beach once the permit expires. Boats left on the beach after expiration are subject to removal by the harbormaster.

The only fee change made following the public meeting pertained to beached boat ID permits. The fee when from $10 to $20 for those without a current mooring permit and from free to $10 for those with a current mooring permit. 

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