Welcome to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's 2014 Marine Park Survey.

Tax support for Washington State Parks has declined by almost 80% since 2009, forcing a review of all agency fees and services. Your responses by June 15th will help State Parks staff to better provide services to marine park visitors and support the marine park program. All individual responses will be kept confidential. A summary of results will be posted on the Internet at 'www.parks.wa.gov/165/Boating-Fees' in July 2014.

* 1. Approximately how much time did you spend recreationally boating in calendar year 2013? (Exclude state ferries, live-aboard houseboats, etc.)

* 2. If the answer to the previous question was one or more days, how much of your boating occurred between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend in 2013?

* 3. Approximately what length is the boat you used most often in 2013 (in feet)?

* 4. Is your boat from the previous question a sailboat or a powerboat?

* 5. Are you a resident of Washington State?

* 6. Did you buy a Washington State Parks annual moorage permit in 2013?

* 7. How often did you visit a Washington State marine park in 2013?

* 8. How often did you visit a Washington State marine park in 2013 between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., without mooring overnight at a state park during the same trip?

* 9. How often did you moor overnight on a Washington state park buoy in 2013?

* 10. How often did you moor overnight on a Washington state park dock or float in 2013?

* 11. What is the main reason that you choose to moor at a marine park versus mooring at a marina?

* 12. How often did you anchor overnight at a Washington state marine park in 2013?

* 13. How many times did you use a Washington state park boat launch in 2013?

* 14. Did you buy a $30 annual Discover Pass for Washington state parks and recreational lands in 2013?

OPTIONS FOR FUNDING WASHINGTON STATE MARINE PARKS

Marine Fees

* 15. Overnight Moorage. The overnight moorage fee on floats was set at 50¢/foot in 2003 and revised to 60¢/foot in 2012. The summertime fair market value (at marinas) appears to be much closer to $1.00/foot. Marine park moorage will probably need to increase soon to become roughly comparable with alternatives and to provide more support for marine parks. Moorage fees collected in parks are used to support the marine park program. How reasonable would you say it is to charge 80¢/foot for overnight moorage on a float at a state marine park, year-round, if this fee is held steady for at least four years?

* 16. Open-ended comments on overnight moorage:

* 17. Buoy Moorage. The fee for overnight moorage at a buoy was set at $10 in 2003, and revised to $12 in 2012. How reasonable would you say it is to charge $15.00/night for state park buoy moorage, if this fee is held steady for at least four years?

* 18. Open-ended comments on buoy moorage

* 19. Annual Moorage Permit. The annual permit is currently based on 60¢/foot and currently allows boaters to pay for about 7 nights of moorage and get the rest of the year for free. The price of the annual moorage permit will likely need to increase soon to become roughly comparable with alternatives and to provide more support for marine parks.

How reasonable would you say it is to charge 14 nights of moorage for an annual moorage permit, at 80¢/foot?

* 20. Seasonal Permit. A potential new alternative to an annual permit might be a seasonal permit that would cost less but also limit the amount of mooring allowed in the summer, to accommodate more full-fare customers and help support the program. It would allow 7 nights of moorage between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and unlimited moorage outside of that period.

How reasonable would you say it is to charge 7 nights of moorage for a seasonal moorage permit, at 80¢/foot?

* 21. Annual vs. Seasonal Permits. If State Parks offered both an annual moorage permit costing 14 nights of moorage/year and a seasonal permit costing 7 nights of moorage/year (but limiting summer moorage to 7 nights), which would you be more likely to purchase? In both cases, the price would be 80¢/foot.

* 22. Open-ended comments, suggestions and ideas on Annual and Seasonal permits:

* 23. Morning Moorage. Boats are currently allowed to moor at marine parks for free between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Changing this rule would increase the number of people paying to support the marine park program.

How reasonable would it be to end free morning moorage?

* 24. Day-Use Access Pass. One option for supporting the marine park program would be a day-use access charge per boat for visiting marine parks for the day, like the Discover Pass is charged for vehicles at state lands. The cost would not exceed $10/boat per day (or $30/boat per year) and people paying for overnight moorage would not have to also pay for day-use at marine parks during that visit.

How reasonable would it be to create a new access charge for day-use visitors at marine parks?

* 25. Open-ended comments on day-use fees:

* 26. Donations. Another option to increase the revenue to support the marine park program would be to create an optional $5 donation with vessel registration, like the $5 optional donation with vehicle registration for state parks. The $5 would be built into the vessel registration fee and earmarked for marine parks, but people could choose not to pay it by opting-out and deducting it from the registration fee.

How reasonable would it be to create a new $5 optional donation for marine parks at vessel registration?

* 27. Some businesses, organizations and individuals have offered to donate funds or services to help support marine parks.

How reasonable would it be to welcome donations and sponsorships and recognize them with a small plaque at the marine park?

* 28. Charging a fee of up to $3 on boat trailers that would be dedicated to marine parks is another possible way to generate the funds needed to support the marine program. This would generate about $750,000/year.

How reasonable would it be to charge a new fee of $3/trailer to support marine parks?

* 29. Other Suggestions. Do you have any other suggestions for funding sources to support to marine parks?

* 30. Thank you for sharing your opinion in this survey! Please use this area if you have any final comments on fees or funding for state marine parks:

Please press the "Done" button below to record your results and log off the survey website.

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