Vessel owner balks at big boat-docking bill

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When Bob Williams parked the 163-foot ship he uses for non-profit support of military members in a Port Canaveral, Fla., marina, he thought he wouldn't see a bill.

Instead, he got a big one: $53,210. Now he's afraid he'll lose the boat.

The ship, owned by his charity, Support Our Troops Inc., began having mechanical issues as it steamed down Florida's Atlantic coast in September.

So when a marina official told him it'd be no problem to dock — that the company would be happy to help — Williams thought he was getting a gracious offer because of his charity. Not so.

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