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Sabine Pass marina to allow overnight rentals

January 25, 2019

Two boats at the Sabine Pass Port Authority can now legally be rented for short stays.

The port’s Board of Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved allowing marina customers to rent their boats for up to five days.

In addition to answering the request from a marina customer who wants to rent out her two boats, port manager Mic Cowart said the change could present a growth opportunity for the coastal community.

“You go to the area, you like the area, you keep going back to the area and you might even buy a vacation home in the area,” he said.

The boats will likely be rented through a vacation rental-by-owner program. But the commissioners didn’t set any requirements for how the rental could be advertised so a service such as Airbnb could be used.

The boat owner will be expected to make the port authority aware the renter is coming with information on how long the stay will be. The renter will also have to sign in with the port authority, can’t have more than four people on the vessel and can’t take the boat out of the marina.

They will also be required to adhere to the marina’s rules and regulations that other customers have to follow.

The commissioners also approved changes to the 86-boat-slip marina’s fishing policy to allow these renters to fish during their stay. Previously people could fish in the marina only if a boat owner was present.

With these changes, any overnight guest will be allowed to fish.

The boats are also in metered spaces so the port authority can collect additional utility costs that come from overnight stays. This would also be required for any additional boat owners who want to rent in the future.

To be allowed to rent their boat, owners will have to notify the port authority and additional provisions will be added to their lease to regulate the rentals.

Also at the meeting, the commissioners approved a $2,500 donation to The Golden Triangle Chief Petty Officer’s Association.

The association has been collecting donations of items and money to help Coast Guard members and other unpaid federal workers weather the government shutdown.

The port authority commissioners said making this donation is important to show they’re a part of the community and they appreciate the Coast Guard’s work.

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