Two hundred euros per night to anchor in Corsica with a 10-meter

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You didn’t read that wrong, the title is right: that’s how much it could cost to moor in southern Corsica based on a rule passed in the first reading by the French parliament that has triggered thousands of protest comments and will hopefully be rescinded or reduced.

TWENTY EUROS PER METER, CRAZY
Last week the French Parliament approved (43 votes for, 27 against) an amendment to a bill on the implementation of a mooring tax in France’s marine protected areas. The amendment provides for a tax on mooring of pleasure boats in Corsica, in the area of the Straits of Bonifacio and the Scandola Reserve. The amount of the fee, initially proposed to be 20 euros per meter of hull, has not yet been confirmed and will be the subject of a subsequent decree. With a 10-meter, you would go and spend 200 euros per night. Madness.

THE FEAR THAT THE TAX WILL “EXPAND”
The deputy who tabled the amendment, Giacobbi, said the law would apply only to the coast of Corsica, but the French boating community is greatly concerned that the measure could end up affecting all protected maritime areas in France, with an area of 88,000sq km-that is, 24% of the coastline of mainland France and 50% of the coast of Corsica.

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The amendment, according to Giacobbi, is driven by a desire to protect the Marine Protected Areas ran from the phantom environmental impact caused by recreational boat moorings. But for most, it is an excuse to make cash: the environmental argument does not hold water, because it would suffice to set up mooring buoys in the Corsican MPAs, for which, moreover, a fee would be charged. Then a resounding gaffe: in his arguments, Giacobbi cites the risk that the mooring tax in place in Sardinia risks diverting many boats to southern Corsica with the resulting “environmental damage” mentioned above. Too bad the infamous “Soru tax” was instituted in 2006 and abolished in 2009, following the halving of dipartists on the Sardinian coast!

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