by Lisa Tome
Buy a year's worth of boat launch ramp fees, get a few months free.
On or about October 1, the Town of Charlestown will formally launch its boat ramp fee permitting program.
The daily fee will be $10 for launch and retrieval. For boats registered in Maryland, the annual fee will be $25. Our-of-state boats cost $75 annually. But those who buy the annual passes now, will get some free time. The passes don't expire until the end of December 2018. The passes should be available in early October. There is also an honor box which has been installed at the boat ramp on Water Street.
"The only thing that will limit (number of passes sold) is parking. This is a work in progress. The signs have been ordered. The fee envelopes have been ordered and the decals are coming," said Charlestown town administrator Wib Pumpaly.
In other business from Charlestown:
• The Hook, Line, and Little Sinkers Fishing Tournament and family fun event will be held in Charlestown on Saturday, August 19 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. This free event will feature a splash park, fishing, kid's activities, casting lessons, games with prizes, and water safety lessons from the U.S. Coast Guard. It will be held in the Charlestown parks. There will be face painting and a water slide.
"We want to get kids outside," said tournament committee member Renee Capano. She also said that it geared to providing fun for all family members.
Age groups are 4-5, 6-8, 9-11, and 12-15.
Download registration forms on the Town of Charlestown website and text it to Renee Capano at 443-309-0549 or email to email@example.com.
• Charlestown's Longpoint Pier has been removed from the state's list of license free fishing areas. In July, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Sport Fishing Advisory Committee voted unanimously to remove that site as a license free fishing area due to Charlestown's annual $50 parking permit fee, which is required in order to park at Longpoint (also known as the Stone Wharf Pier).
The Stone Wharf pier was removed from the list just as Charlestown had requested that Lot B, a town-owned property, would receive the license free fishing area designation.
That request was also denied because of the town parking permit fee.
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