will open to motorized watercraft Monday, and borough officials and concerned residents
of the area are reminding jetskiers about the rules of the road.
When jetskiers became too much of a
nuisance on Island
Lake, the Kodiak Island
Borough put some teeth into the ordinance governing their use on the lake. Former
assembly member Barbara Williams, who has owned a home on the lake since 1985,
was behind the push for stricter rules.
1 21 sec. "For the first couple years ... quite
a safety issue.")
said that in the late 1990s, the borough assembly assigned the Island Lake
task force the responsibility of developing rules for use of the lake by
jet-skiers and other motorized boaters. Williams served on that task force
prior to serving on the assembly, which she did from 2004 to 2007. She said
getting the rules put in place was years in the making.
2 35 sec. "We posted the rules ... took over 10 years.")
cited the lake's small size, and respect for residents of the area, as reasons why
such regulations were needed, including specific days and times when use is
permitted, fines for violations and other rules. Borough Community
Development director Bud Cassidy said the mid-June date was set in part to
protect wildlife in the area.
3 47 sec. "We had jet-skiers and ... the
wakes that are thrown up.")
Last year was the first
year the rules were in effect. Cassidy and Williams both said
the new regulations proved to be very effective, working the way they were
intended, although both also noted that the weather wasn't particularly favorable
for jetskiers last summer. Still, Williams said she saw no evidence of
violations and hopes that will continue to be the case this year.
4 35 sec. "This will be the second year ... felt
we could come up with.")
Island Lake is open to motorized
watercraft June 15th to October 1st on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. One craft is allowed on the water
at a time and must remain at least 100 feet from the shoreline. No motorized
traffic is permitted down the arms of the lake. Fines are 100, 200 and 300
dollars for first-time, second-time and third-time offenders respectively.
Cassidy said the borough's new code enforcement officer will be charged with
enforcing the rules on Island