Scituate: Officials approve new mooring waiting list renewal policy

Scituate Selectmen approved a few changes to the mooring waiting list renewal policy, for people waiting for moorings in Scituate Harbor, at their meeting Wednesday night.

Often people have to for wait years to get to the top of the list to secure a mooring.

They also need to reapply annually by December 20th and pay a $15.00 renewal fee, otherwise they’re name is removed and they have to start over all again at the bottom of the list.

This has been an issue for people that forget to renew.

Scituate Selectmen have approved Harbormaster Mark Patterson’s recommendations to change the deadline to December 31. 

Patterson says the new deadline should make it easier for people to remember to renew their application by the end of the year.

“I’m not really quite sure why December 20 was chosen, but the end of the year just seems a little more appropriate and something people are more inclined to keep in the back of their minds,” Patterson said.

For those who still forget to renew by the end of the year, there will be a month grace period, which includes a $50.00 late fee.

“So, for whatever reason, whether it’s the holidays or a lapse in memory, if someone doesn’t sign their application by the deadline, they’re given one month beyond the end of the deadline to come in and pay a $50.00 late fee and get your name put back on the list,” Patterson explained.  

The changes are being made after several people complained about the policy, after they forgot to renew their applications.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.