2008-04-26 / Editorials & Letters

Boating forum set for April 29

Editor:

I recently learned about a meeting that I think everyone around the lake should try to attend. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Watercraft is holding ten public forums around the state on the revision of the state's Strategic Plan for Ohio Boating.

The first session in the state will be held on Tuesday, April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium at Millersport Elementary School. More information about the forum is at www.ohiodnr.com.

I've heard that the state may be planning to charge all boaters an annual fee of as much as $400, charge to use state launch ramps and require all boat operators to get a license every four years.

If this is correct, these fees and requirements will have a major impact on boating and hence on the lake and our community. It would be a shame if people move out to the lake to enjoy it and end up not being able to afford the fees to boat and fishhere. Jan Garcia Crescent Cove

Editor's Note: The Beacon will attend this forum and will have a full report in a future issue.

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