I am a dock holder at the Small Boat Harbor and enjoy the marina very much. In the past, dock rates had been affordable and allowed boaters of varied incomes to enjoy that facility. However, the NFTA's demand for a 20 percent dock and 50 percent electricity increase will squeeze many taxpayers out of boating altogether.
The Small Boat Harbor has had generous increases in the past few years and turns a profit. Three years ago, there were considerable capital improvements, but not much since. The NFTA should search federal, state and county sources for aid, not our pockets! Are boaters being asked to support the failing bus and rail systems once again? Let Small Boat Harbor profits remain for Small Boat Harbor operational expenses and not be placed into the transportation authority's general fund.
I came to the Small Boat Harbor knowing that it was a public marina and not a private club or corporate business. When it increases rates, the private marinas get the green light to increase theirs. The NFTA should consider repealing that enormous rate increase so that average wage earners can continue to enjoy Buffalo's boating waterfront.
FRANK A. LESINSKI