Ask those mooring boats in cottage area to be considerate

The past couple of years has seen a proliferation of boats, particularly pontoon boats, moored in the lake adjacent to the cottage area.

Dear Editor,

The past couple of years has seen a proliferation of boats, particularly pontoon boats, moored in the lake adjacent to the cottage area. We hope that when people do this, they are remembering to consider their neighbours‘ability to also enjoy the lake in other ways.

At the same time, as the lake has risen, the amount of natural beach that can be enjoyed between 40th and 34th streets has diminished considerably. The entry points into the lake are also fewer, partly because of the rise in lake level and partly because in many cases the province has chosen to fill the spots used to access the lake with large sharp rocks (a whole other issue).

We would like to ask that people consider their neighbours’ ability to enjoy the lake when mooring their boats. Some of our friends and neighbours have been quite considerate and chosen spots away from these natural entry points and small beaches, and out of direct view behind trees so that they do not destroy the tranquil view of the lake. We thank them for that!

However others have been less considerate of their neighbours and selected spots that are in the few beach and swimming areas that we have left. Some of these boats are anchored to large concrete blocks half buried in the sand that we have cut our feet on more than once. Some are obstacles directly in the way of entry points and access to deeper water for smaller, un-motorized craft such as kayaks, paddleboards, and sailing dinghies, and pose a hazard as they must be manoeuvered around. Some are in areas where people like to swim, and have for many decades, and now find it difficult to do so because of many boats and anchoring blocks in the way and cement that cuts feet. The entry point into the water at the end of 38th Street was a particular problem last summer.

People purchased and built homes in the cottage area because they enjoy the lake and because they wanted to be able to enjoy the lake in a quieter way, away from the public beach. They did not expect their lakefront to become a pontoon boat parking lot. With a lack of a public marina, we understand that there are limited options for boat owners to access their boats easily but, please bear in mind that boats are not really supposed to be moored in the lake at all. We can accept people enjoying the lake this way if they are willing to consider the other ways that people choose to enjoy the lake.

Please, if you are mooring a boat, select a spot that demonstrates your consideration for your neighbours.

Sue Williams Brawn,

Sylvan Lake

 

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