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New constitution published for small boats marina

Annual berthing fees paid by boat owners at the Mid Harbour Small Boats Marina will be used to pay operational expenses and a maintenance programme, according to a new constitution for the management of the facility.

In addition, they will be required to pay into a sinking fund that will cover the expense of replacing by 2041 all the access gangways and all the pontoon installations together with all mechanical and electrical infrastructures.

The 13-page document was released ahead of the first General Meeting due to be held on January, 6, 2017.

The constitution also lays out situations where a boat owners mooring permit may be revoked. This includes a person who is in arrears of three months or more to the Gibraltar Government, a Government Agency, a Government Company or any other Government entity or agent.

The arrears relate to any debt including but not limited to Government Housing Rent, debts owed to the Department of Education, utility arrears, self-employed or employer Social Insurance Contributions, or Income Tax.

Any boat owner convicted of criminal offences involving the use of their own boat or another vessel – including export and drugs crimes - also face expulsion from the marina.

At the General Meeting next month, there will be an election of the formal Committee.

“A lot of hard work by the Caretaker Committee and the GPA has resulted in a robust constitution being prepared which will serve the new Committee as it takes control of managing the Mid Harbour Marina for the benefit of all its users,” said the Minister for Maritime Affairs, Gilbert Licudi.

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