Controversial fee for boaters sinks with legislation

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A controversial new “Coastal Boat Fee” that would have made North Carolina boaters pay the highest state-imposed charges on recreational boats in the nation has died with the passing of the state budget Monday.

As part of the North Carolina budget debate, the state’s General Assembly was considering legislation that would have imposed an additional fee on all recreational boats 24 feet and longer used in coastal waters.

The fee would have also applied to out-of-state vessels fishing in NC coastal waters. BoatUS and the North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus rallied boaters and anglers to sink the effort.

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