PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Punta Gorda leaders say getting a pump-out boat at Laishley Marina would mean a 20 percent business boom!
"Love this place!" says Stan Linado.
But 25-year-boater Linado says he would love Laishley Marina even more if it was more convenient to pump out his boat.
"It would save a lot of aggravation because you can't dump your waste overboard," he says.
Jennifer Yauger with Laishley Marina says, the city is hoping to get funding for a pump-out boat here. The marina's lease requires that service in order to open the marina to sailors who want to live on their boats.
"As of right now, we can't force ppl to leave their slips and pump out that's why we don't allow live aboards... right now you can only stay 4 consecutive nights," she says.
"You need to go to a place to have your waste tank pumped out...I'm sure occasionally ppl do dump that in the harbor and that's really concerning to us," says Mayor Bill Albers.
Mayor Bill Albers says the pump-out boat costs 100-thousand dollars. The City hopes to earn a state grant that would cover $75,000 of that... and is asking the County's Marine Advisory Committee to cover the rest.
Ron Thomas owns an ice cream shop at Laishley Park. He supports the idea of bringing live aboards to the marina.
"Anytime we can get land-based customers or wate-rbased customers is great for our ice cream shop!"