|Boaters' Frustration with City's Plan for Beaches|
When this all started, we went down the “environmental” path and then down the “safety issue” path. It felt like the game kept getting changed and nobody was explaining the rules, until Commissioner Mary Ann Moore spoke … [of a] “new” plan.
The perception that the boaters have is that the commissioners are against “boaters.” Communication between the commissioners and the boaters has hit rock bottom.
I understand that the city feels that it can better determine the proper use of our local beaches. But your plan raises some valid questions and concerns.
1. If the DNR were to give up control, could each port have different laws?
2. Will this affect any kind of funding from the government?
3. Does this expose the city to more liability?
4. Has any consideration been given to the local economic impact of an “unfriendly” boating port?
If you had been more upfront with the community, there would be far less distrust.
Please look at this from my side. I am skeptical because maps were drawn with a swim area from the mouth of the Boardman River to West End Beach, totaling 4,400 feet long. I am skeptical because swim buoys were improperly placed to enlarge existing swimming areas. I am skeptical because you keep changing the “story” behind your reasoning to enlarge swimming areas. Finally, I am skeptical because our city manager said in the meeting last night to “not give out any details because this might undermine the City’s position with the upcoming mediation on Monday” with the DNR.
Please give me something to have faith in what you are doing.