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Newport Beach boat owners to boycott Christmas parade over fee hike

Decorated boats line up for the annual Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach in this undated photo.
December 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Boat owners in Newport Beach say they're planning to boycott the annual Christmas Boat Parade.

They're upset over proposed dock fee increases that could cost them nearly $2,000 more per year.

The boat owners are taking out advertisements in local newspapers on Saturday officially threatening to pull out of the parade and asking parade goers to lobby against the fee hike.

Newport's city manager, however, says the higher fees are fair considering the market value of the Newport docks.


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