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Little Harbor chief rebuts complaint about moorings
A cormorant dries his wings Friday on a mooring marker in Little Harbor in New Castle. (Mike Lawrence/Union Leader Correspondent)
Bow resident Kevin Monahan, who has had a mooring permit at Little Harbor for 34 years, said many of the moorings are unlabeled, submerged, misused or rented against harbor regulations. He said a mooring next to his 32-foot sloop, Ticket, hasn't been used in 32 years.
"For the last several years, we've seen dwindling numbers of boats in here. This is the worst year yet," he said. "In a normal year, this would be filled."
Marconi said his staff has investigated every complaint raised by Monahan and found no violations - including with the specific mooring next to Monahan's sloop.
Monahan said having unregulated moorings poses risks, such as oversized boats that float haphazardly in rough weather, potentially into other boats, or crowds of boats vying for spots on weekends.
Marconi said there are many reasons a boat owner might hold a permit for a mooring that he or she doesn't use frequently.
"What I'm after is stepped-up enforcement," he said. "The missing part is a requirement that you use your mooring."
"We are constantly reviewing our policies in regards to moorings," he said. "There are ongoing discussions about mooring permits and boat registrations. ... As of right now, we have no plans to make any changes to the process."
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