Beaufort council to discuss boat hotels tonight

Beaufort City Council is set once again to discuss changes that would allow a boat hotel, or "botel," to operate in the Beaufort Downtown Marina.

Ted Andrae, of Andrae Boat Co., which owns the 93-foot yacht The Charlestonian docked at the marina, has asked council to change ordinances restricting overnight accommodations in the marina. The marina is in a special zone designed to protect the outdoor wildlife and recreational space.

At City Council's Jan. 15 work session, council members suggested additional restrictions to ones already proposed by staff that would be required before a botel could operate.

Earlier proposed restrictions included a limit of six botels with up to five rooms apiece, a city-approved site plan that governs proper waste disposal, and an on-site manager whenever botels with more than one room are occupied. They also include having appropriate insurance and vessel certifications.

City council members suggested including a length limit of 100-feet for botels, a parking space per room in the marina parking lock, an annual Coast Guard inspection, and that the botel must be docked in a way that emergency personnel can quickly access it.

An updated staff report of possible restrictions is included in council's agenda packet.

Tonight's work session, which is when the botel proposal will be discussed, begins at 5 p.m. at Beaufort City Hall, 1911 Boundary St. A voting meeting is at 7 p.m.; the botel is not listed to be voted on.

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