ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Port of Astoria Monday evening dropped a controversial $20 daily parking fee the East End Mooring Basin.
Sport fishermen at the mouth of the Columbia River protested a decision to raise parking fees at the Port of Astoria.
Bob Rees says the $20-a-day fee strikes many in the sport-fishing groups he represents as price-gouging, or revenge for recent changes in gillnetting on the river that restrict commercial fishing.
But a member of the port's commission, Stephen Fulton, says the port is "bleeding money" and needed the revenue. He says the gillnetting controversy had nothing to do with the parking fees.
The Daily Astorian (http://bit.ly/1cv48Ri ) reports that the late-summer Buoy 10 salmon fishing season has recently started.
The port's original charge was $5 a day for parking and trailer storage or $60 for one month.