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Crab shop owner won't get fixed rate

By Hilary Corrigan

Triplicate staff writer

A new crab shop owner at Crescent City Harbor will pay a monthly fee based on a percentage of sales rather than a fixed rate that boat owners pay when selling crabs from their vessels.

At a Tuesday meeting, the harbor's board of commissioners ruled against a committee report that recommended waiving a monthly 3 percent fee on gross sales for the first year for Calvin Bradshaw, who seeks a lease to operate Lucy's Fresh Seafood. The report had recommended that Bradshaw instead pay the same $50 monthly fee that boat owners pay, up to a $200 maximum.

But some harbor commissioners objected, saying that with sinks, hot water, a cooler and power, the business operates as a land-based one and must follow the same rules.

"He should be charged the percentage from the first year," said commissioner Mario Deiro, who suggested the percentage-based fee rather than the $50 per month charge.

Commissioners plan to revamp policies on all harbor fees this year.

Also at the meeting, the harbor board took the following actions:

• Appointed commissioner Garry Young as the board's president and placed commissioner Patrick Bailey as secretary seat. The re-appointments come as Mario Deiro, who served as president for the past two years, begins another term on the board, along with commissioner Ray Martell.

• Heard a report from Crescent City resident Velinda Ostberg, who feeds the harbor's cats. About 65 cats probably live around the harbor, down from higher numbers in past years partly because of a bobcat that hunts them, Ostberg said.

"We're working on getting everybody fixed," said Ostberg, who helps trap the cats and get them spayed and neutered before releasing them.

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