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NAPLES — The Naples City Dock is on the road to recovery.
That’s the message Roger Jacobsen, the city’s code and harbor manager, sent to Naples City Council earlier this week.
The news came during a review Wednesday of the city dock’s financial health. The discussion covered the first six months of the fiscal year.
“The last six months has definitely been a bit of a challenge,” Jacobsen said.
Jacobsen took the helm in September, after months of discussion about the city dock fund. That fund — an independent enterprise fund separate from the general fund — last year experienced a more than $400,000 deficit, and City Council needed to step in so the fund would be operating in the black.
The fund was balanced at the start of fiscal 2010, and Jacobsen said Wednesday the dock is on target for a healthy fiscal year.
The city’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
The city has cut expenses at the dock for the first part of the year in a number of areas including electric, repairs and maintenance and overtime.
The city had budgeted $26,000 for electric in fiscal, and the city has thus far spent $10,765 on electricity. Jacobsen credits the savings to energy-efficient bulbs and turning the lights off on the dock during the day.
Overtime is also down in the first six months of the fiscal year. The city has $10,000 in the budget set aside for overtime, and Jacobsen said Wednesday the city has paid out $1,170 of that sum to date.
“I can’t see any more overtime for the year unless something weird happens,” he said.
The city has saved on repairs, he said, by only making minor repairs needed. Jacobsen said he’s hoping the city may begin replacing the dock in fiscal 2012.
The city has been able to save money while at the same time seeing increased revenues at some aspects of the dock.
The city had estimated mooring ball, or offshore docking, rental revenues would be about $2,500 in fiscal 2010. The city has already reached that number and has brought in nearly double that amount since the beginning of the fiscal year.
Jacobsen said Wednesday mooring ball rentals have brought in $4,397 to date.
The city had also projected about $400 in revenue from fines, or parking tickets, at Naples Landing for fiscal 2010. But Jacobsen said more aggressive ticketing has netted the fund $1,040 in revenues thus far.
Council members applauded Jacobsen and his staff for their work.
“The staff owned up and took ownership of it,” said Councilman Gary Price. “That is the most wonderful place down there.”
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