Originally Posted by Pete7
What did I miss ?
A few things...
The OP was looking to solicit support, in conjunction with the efforts of the local harbour master... not a lecture on 'unreasonable' cruiser interests
The implication that cruisers don't pay their way.
The implication that 90 days is enough 'freeloading' (my word)
The implied assumption that cruisers would expect a longer cruising permit
to be free.
The idea that more than 90 days is unreasonable just because the Euro countries have it. Australia
= 12 months.
I thing Rebel's response was on the money
, but I would have used some political hyperbole and said 5000 cruisers staying for a year would have to spend $40k on average... that's $200,000,000
(by the way this kind of logic fits very comfortably with the rationale behind the sovreign debt solutions being bandied around the globe at the moment