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.
Originally published 9:32 p.m., February 2, 2006
Updated 3:30 p.m., February 18, 2006
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