Living on the Bay Could Get More Expensive

Tuesday, May 17, 2011  |  Updated 1:57 PM PDT
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Living on the Bay Could Get More Expensive

OCSC Sailing from the Berkeley Marina

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Berkeley is set to consider raising fees on boat dwellers at the city's marina - a plan that is not sitting well with some of them.

The City Council is scheduled to take up the issue at a meeting on Tuesday.

The proposal would increase berth fees by 6 percent and impose a monthly surcharge of $20 for houseboat owners.

That means some people would pay about $700 a month to live in the marina.

Roger Boyvey, who owns a boat in the marina, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the city is treating boat dwellers differently from other tenants.

Houseboats are not subject to rent control laws.

But the manager of Berkeley's waterfront, John Mann, says the fees for boat dwellers would still be a bargain even with the proposed increase.

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