- Jun 2, 2004
It just got worse here. The places around the harbor are now charging $10 to park. The employees are having to park in a city lot down the street and take a shuttle in to work, convenient.
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They are not powerless, they can complain to management, and quit. (Haven't you heard of the service industry labor shortage this year?) . Management can change their policy or suffer reduced business due to inadequate staff. Message received.the message falls on the wrong (powerless) ears,
Have you ever noticed how everything is free at a cheap motel/hotel, but step up to high-end 5 stars and suddenly you can't have a towel at the pool without an added fee. As if the $400/ night wasn't enough to cover everything and make a profit.$18/day dinghy dock in West Palm Beach.
You point is valid but its a different business case. High-end hotels survive with that model due to business travelers on an expense report. Signing for parking, wifi, and breakfast is fine with them as long as the boss signs the ER and the hotel is close to the meeting.Used to be that way with WI-FI. Free at Motel 6 but an additional charge at high dollar Hiltons.
Most companies make deals with hotel chains, and end up with rates that are significantly lower than "retail," and include all of the amenities that are usually charged for: WiFi, breakfast, newspaper delivery, etc. Plus, you can join their loyalty clubs for free and get more, like loaner workout clothes and shoes, for example (Fairmont).You point is valid but its a different business case. High-end hotels survive with that model due to business travelers on an expense report. Signing for parking, wifi, and breakfast is fine with them as long as the boss signs the ER and the hotel is close to the meeting.
That's the thing - you're OK with them providing you free parking while patronizing their establishment, but not free mooring for lunch? Certainly, if you use their mooring but go next door for lunch, it would be fair to charge you. Likewise, it would be fair to have you towed if you park in their parking lot, spend the day at the beach, but don't patronize their establishment. Of course,moorings cost money. So does a roof. So does advertising. Part of the cost of doing business. If they don't want boaters' business, this is a sure way to prevent it. I'm not likely to ass that way again - it's been about 3 years - BUT, I can assure you they will never get my business as a result of this policy, just based on principle.If a business offers them for free, they need to fund them from somewhere. I'd rather pay for their use and then know that they are maintained, and not part of my "lobster roll". That way when I get there by auto, I'm not also paying for a mooring.