Just a brief update on the meeting tonight. Was about what we expected ... most lake residents are looking to blame us by association and others are concerned by the noise and speed. While most of the comments are unsupported by facts, the board is listening. Good news is that one of the board members asked me to be involved and said they required our input. This is a good thing. I think all in all it went well. The few folks that I spoke to started as a "shame on you" type conversation, however after I explained our mission and our recent bad rap, most started to understand our position but not necessarily agree with it. Like one lady told me..."Why can't you take your boat to the ocean?" "Cause I live on the lake like you lady!" She didn't care....while she ripped me...another lady stepped up and put her in her place and requested an application from me. Huh? Go figure. Another lady stepped up and said she enjoyed seeing us on the lake...was nice to see the boats and she confessed that she liked to put her foot down every now and then. Too good!
We have supporters out there...some of them shook my hand after our speech ... we MUST work to find them. We need them to register on line...no cost, just register if they want their voice heard. I've already got one tonight & I passed out 35 business cards and even more applications. Took a couple applications tonight as well. If we let up on this the older residents will have speed limits, HP limits & noise limits in place by next year.
I'm looking for ideas and suggestions. If you have a suggestion, please advise.
Saturday from 10AM-2PM the USCG will be performing boat inspections at their office there on the lake (2nd cove south of the bridge) If you can, get your boat over there for an inspection. Randy Sandage is getting the requirements by boat size and we'll publish, but there may be a few things you might not expect... map of the lake, radio (or cell) good ropes, etc. These were a few I would have missed. Take your boat by and if you do, tell them THANK YOU for supporting our SMLPBA. We need them.
WINE FESTIVAL: We ARE having a raft off on Saturday 24th at Bernard's. More info to come, but plan on it. We will also have a club meeting prior.
Remember, be safe out there...they are watching us and so far we are doing great. Keep everyone in check out there...I will be back up the 17th. Please push registration.