"The federal, state and county governments paid a fortune in taxpayers' money years ago to build this huge marina for recreational boating access for citizens rich and poor. And your assessment shouldn't be based on income-producing cost-effectiveness," said Barry A. Fisher, a lawyer who said he enjoys sculling in the marina.
The public criticism was enough for commissioners to hold off on recommending zoning changes to the Board of Supervisors. The commissioners asked county staff to answer questions related to the parking and boating slip controversy and report back Dec. 15.
Key among their concerns is what would happen if they reduced the number of parking spaces, only to see new development at the marina attract more visitors wishing to park.
"If we are going to take parking away, what are you planning on doing?" asked Commissioner Esther Valadez, who also expressed reservations about how the changes would affect small-boat owners.
If the commission OKs the zoning changes, the recommendation will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for final approval. The changes would then be forwarded to the state Coastal Commission, which has authority over coastal development.