I would think of it as taking your own bottle of wine to a restaurant (the restaurant does serve wine, just not the brand you like)so to accommodate you, they only charge you a "corking fee".
You get what you want, and they are paid for you using their wait staff to open the bottle and serve, and the glasses to serve them in (lets forget for the time being the busboy, and the dishwasher).
Of course, I have heard people complain about being charged a "corking fee" too.
Be happy, your in paradise, and diving some some great reefs:)
Well there was no one helping me on the diveboat and I didn't dirty the dock anymore than I was entitled to anyway. I can step off the dock and land in the water and that's included, but if I step off and land on a boat, the boat has to pay?
I don't think you are getting it. If the Ibero said to use our dock is $3 per day, I would be fine with that. They aren't, they are charging the boat. Sure maybe Dive Paradise or Aldora or some other larger OP can, perhaps, easily absorb the fee by spreading it among their many paying divers that month. For a smaller op, the fee is more substantial, percentage-wise. Again it is a set fee, not a per use or per diver fee. One fee for one diver that month or picking up 8 everyday. Hence, should the methodology catch on at other establishments, it could reduce the number of smaller ops and leave us with less choice between a few bigger ops.
To use your example, you wouldn't pay the corking fee, the vintner would. Hello Ernest and Julio, could you please write a check to Sam's Taco stand and we will let people bring your wine in here this month. If you don't they will have to pick some other wine that has written us a check.
Should old Ernest and Julio pay that monthly corking fee for you to be allowed to drink their wine there, then the next time I go to Mega and buy some of Gallo's wine, I am paying a surcharge to cover you drinking Gallo as Sam's Taco. Worse than that, if Ernest and Julio DID pay, the fellers down at Sam's Taco wouldn't even tell you, they would just smile and pour your wine knowing they pocketed some of your and everyone's money.
See the difference?
If I was still renting and chose to stay at the Ibero, I would swim out and climb the d#%^ ladder on principle if my op was going to have to pay for just me that month!
<That's my mad face... I could probably strap on all my stuff and have Carlos launch me at the beach on the way back, so I would skip to shore.....
One side note in Ibero: they do, I think have the closest bar to the end of the dock, so that's good....