Packed house as houseboat owners fill La Crosse Park Board meeting

The house is packed for La Crosse Municipal Boat Harbor meeting

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - It was a packed house as houseboat owners crowded into La Crosse's park board meeting Thursday night.

The Department of Natural Resources said it has found a number of compliance issues with the houseboats in the municipal boat harbor. At odds was a city and DNR proposal that would have addressed these issues. 

The houseboat owners were upset about a change in taxation and insurance policies among other issues in a proposed license agreement.

Board members said this is about protecting the owners and make sure they're able to stay in the harbor. 

According to the document provided to the owners, a license fee would be paid in advance in the amount of $500 for a resident of the city of La Crosse and $1,000 for a non-resident. No permanent residency at the licensed premises would be allowed.

Owners would also have to have a minimum liability insurance policy in the amount of $500,000 each occurrence combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage.

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