Money Talks

In an effort to balance its budget, the City of Santa Barbara may pass off up to $150,000 of beach maintenance and cleaning fees – currently shouldered by the Parks and Recreation Department – to the Waterfront District. To absorb the blow, the district may increase slip and/or parking fees, a measure likely to provoke outspoken criticism from boat owners. Councilmember Das Williams, who proposed redistributing beach-related costs, suggested that higher parking fees might discourage City College students from using the beach lots, leaving more spaces for tourists and others likely to generate waterfront revenue.

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