Hello – I received multiple messages this week about watercraft traveling at high speed in no-wake zones over the holiday weekend. My thought is that most violators are guests. I believe all homeowners are aware that No Wake Zones are idle speed only. Watercraft must be owned by a property owner. A high number of the watercrafts leave from the docks of residents or docks rented by residents. Please have a speed conversation with each operator. A 30-second conversation will go a long way in preventing a terrible accident.
As in other coves, George’s Fork has many people swimming and hanging out during the day. All operators must be aware of the boating rules and educated on how our lake is used. We need each property owner to communicate these items to guests.
Please note that going above idle speed in No Wake zones is an automatic enforcement assessment. Any enforcement assessment can be elevated if we determine it’s a major safety risk. I would view operating above idle speed as a major safety risk, especially in the cove areas. Expect an elevated enforcement assessment should boat patrol stop you or one of your guests for this violation.
Again, please educate your guest. The lake will not be safe if everyone is not looking out for each other.