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Newport Beach's higher dock fees anger boat owners

Decorated boats line up for the annual Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach in this undated photo.

December 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Boat owners are protesting higher dock fees in Newport Beach.

The city council approved the increase Tuesday night, which will cost the average boat owner a few hundred dollars more each year to 52 cents per square foot.

Many residents are threatening to boycott the city's annual boat parade. The city says the higher fees are fair and reflect the true market value of the Newport Docks.

Those who rent out their docks will pay a higher rent as well.