With his permission, I wanted to share a quick email I just got from Jason Hayes of EZ Cruise Parking.
Just found out the Port of Galveston is voting on an increase on port fees (Tariff) from $8 per space we own per month to $21. That makes my port payment to $8000 from $3000 and would put our family business out of business. 2014 will be our ten anniversary. It will also knock out all the other private owned parking lots.
2109 postoffice st. #162
Disturbed, I did some quick research and found this dated the 22nd:
"The wharves board voted to defer action on a recommended increase in access fees for private cruise ship parking lot operators and hotels who deliver passengers to the cruise ship terminals. The item will be revisited at next month’s meeting."
The increases as Jason stated are huge... and we all know that the parking lot operators will have to pass those increases along to us cruisers if they hope to stay in business. Everything goes up, we all get that -- but an increase of this much is just pure greed to me, and/or poor planning on the Port's part.
I called and spoke with a gentleman at the Port, and asked him what we as cruisers could do to voice our opinions before they "revisit" this issue this month. He said the best thing to do would be to email the Port Director, Michael Mierzwa, at [email protected]. That's what I intend to do.
I just wanted to share this with you guys, since it affects a whole lot of us.
Next up: Our first anniversary! Carnival Breeze ~ 3/4/18
Carnival Breeze ~ Honeymoon! :-) 3/2017
Carnival Magic ~ 3/2016
Navigator of the Seas ~ 2/2015
Navigator of the Seas ~ 2/2014
Disney Magic ~ '02, '03, '04, '08, '13
Grand Princess ~ '06
Voyager of the Seas ~ '10
Mariner of the Seas ~ '12