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Friday, August 3, 2012

Placement of Buoys on Lake Wedowee


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by Barry Popham



The Placement of buoys by individuals on Lake Wedowee has gotten out of hand. These are becoming an interference to navigation, a hazard and an eyesore to most of the boating public. The issue is more a problem with people not following the rules of the road. This has escalated to the point that the lake looks like a slalom course. The law relating to placement of buoys is as follows:



220-6-.19

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to place or maintain any regulatory markers (signs or buoys) on the public waters of this state without first having received permission for the erection of such regulatory markers from the Marine Police Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

When permission for the erection of such markers is given, same may only be of a standard type and with standard lettering and colors which shall be specified and designated by the Marine Police Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Any person, firm or corporation desiring to place or erect regulatory markers on the public waters of this state must first make application to the Marine Police Division for permission.  Upon receipt of such application, the Marine Police Division shall notify such applicant or applicants of the necessary specifications for regulatory markers of the type desired and if permission for the erection and placing of markers is granted to the applicant, same must comply with the specifications as provided by the Marine Police Division.

The following will be strictly adhered to when considering requests for restrictions of boating on the public waters of  the state:

Fuel docks

Public Launching Areas

Any area determined by the Director of Marine Police to be in the best interest of public safety

The Marine Police would like to have the removal of these non compliant buoys accomplished by Aug. 31st . After that date enforcement action will be taken.


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