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GA boaters to be fined for late registration renewal

Owner of Winsel's Boats, Winsel Love Owner of Winsel's Boats, Winsel Love

Boat owners in Georgia will soon face a fine if they don't renew their boat decals on time.

Owner of Winsel's Boats in Valdosta, Winsel Love has multiple boats on his lot with expired decals. Some stay here for service, others are up for sale, or just need shelter.

Love says he now has to start contacting his customers. "Don't hurt the common people for something they're not using."

Boaters who don't renew expired registration decals before October 24 will be charged a $10 late fee.

"If they do let it expire while its sitting on land, and they want to put it back in the water, when they do to renew it, they would incur this additional fee," said Johnny Ray with the License and Boat Registration Unit at GA Wildlife Resources Division.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say because most boaters don't use their boats in the winter, it creates a backlog when they all delay renewal until just before the summer holidays. They say the regulation will help ease the burden.

"Staff and customers can get quicker response, it reduces the demand on state resources," said Ray.

But Winsel says he still doesn't agree with new fine. "I just think it's another tax, and another way for the state of Georgia to get revenue from the people of Georgia."

Winsel says it's just another strain that makes it hard to enjoy having a boat.

According to the DNR website, boat owners are mailed a renewal registration notice when they have 60-days or less remaining on their Georgia boat registration.

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