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    it along to someone who can. I apologize for being so strident. But you learn quickly in this business that people lie and lie and lie. My career was spent in IT so I was ill prepared for this change. But hubby said - you'll figure it out. Trust your gut. And he was right. Just by asking the right questions in the right order - you know what you have on your hands. It truly pisses me off that local govt counts RV parks as "low income housing". That is just wrong. RV's were NEVER built to be lived in. Neither are boats. I can't tell you how many calls I've taken for "live aboard" slips. When I get somebody that is like - well, I don't have a boat yet but I think this is a cheap way to live - oh boy - they get an earful. It isn't! Boats require huge maintenance. And if it's large enough to live on - haul outs, bottom paint and insurance, taxes and registration will likely make it not cost effective. Not to mention many counties are outlawing live aboards here in CA. Contra Costa did it a couple of years ago. San Joaquin is considering it and Sacramento is thinking about it. One of the most heartbreaking phone calls I ever took was from an elderly woman who had a 60' floating home over in Contra Costa. The marina raised her berth rent to 1800.00/month. The contra costa ordinance places the oneus on the marina owner to flush the live aboards. So - apparently the only way they figured they could do it was raise the rent to such a ridiculous level they would leave. It was just sad. We can't take anything in our marina past about 40'. As awful as it sounds, I know why they did it. Lots and Lots and Lots of tweeks, freaks and wierdos living on boats with no proper sanitation. Lots of crime and cooking of crank. They finally said enough is enough.

    "I have ferrets with fins" - African Cichlids. And 3 pooties too! Ren, Stimpy (15 yrs) and Rocky (3 yrs)

    by mrsgoo on Sat Jun 05, 2010 at 09:44:41 PM PDT

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