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Letter | Allow boat lifts to reduce shade, lower permit fees

The “Shoreline Management Act” story in this week’s Reporter was very interesting and enlightening.

I have been a member of the Mercerwood Shore Club for many years. We have recently considered putting lifts on as many of the slips at the club as possible. Notwithstanding the cost of the lift, the permitting process is expensive, time-consuming and very convoluted with different agencies involved, city and federal. The article mentions, “in order for the Chinook to survive they see their potential predator,” and “populations of Chinook after dropped in Puget Sound.”

Getting boats out of the water onto lifts makes sense; sitting in the water they cast shadows, putting endangered species at risk. So rather than making it an expensive challenge to get boats out of the water onto lifts, I recommend that the process be much less complex and there be an incentive for boat owners to put their boats on lifts. Boats out of the water then provide light so that the Chinook can see their predators.

I recommend a substantial reduction in the permit fee today from around $2,500 to $500, with a 90-day window from application to fee. And for a specified period of time, provide a tax credit to Lift providers, and this savings would be passed on to the Lift customer.

David R. Evans

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