Charging for chairs? I can only imagine the hoopla THAT would garner on the boards, considering the major uproar here after RCI mearly stopped putting mints on the pillows!
Here is my simple solution to the towels on the chairs problem. If someone has saved a chair with only a towel, and it sits there for more than an hour, I simply remove the towel and place it in the "used towels" bin and take the chair. I don't touch anyones personal belongings, and I wait ATLEAST an hour if not longer to make sure they are not just in the pool for a dip. The rules clearly state no reserving chairs. Most of the time I'm finished with the chair before they ever come back. A few times someone will come along a few hours later and ask if I saw their towel, I just say no and go back to reading. Only once has another cruiser come back and tried to claim their chair back, I told them the chair was empty and I wasn't getting up, as I reminded them of the rules and pointed to the sign.