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Old 02-01-2004, 03:47 PM
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Patrol backs slow coves

Bill would make all coves eligible for no-wake designation

By Joyce L. Miller/Lake Sun

LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Missouri Water Patrol officials have put their stamp of approval on a bill sponsored by Rep. Wayne Cooper, R-Camdenton, that would ease the requirements for no-wake buoys in coves on Lake of the Ozarks.

Patrol officials say passage of the bill would have a positive effect on the lake.

Cooper's bill addresses two separate issues. The first component would set up a Water Patrol fund for equipment and manpower by tripling boater registration fees. Only the increased revenue from the higher fees would be earmarked for the Water Patrol.

The second component of the bill would allow the Water Patrol to no-wake any cove to boats 26 feet and longer on weekends and holidays during boating season if 75 percent of the property owners in a cove request it.

Water Patrol officials declined to discuss the funding component of the bill, but are publicly supporting the cove issue. That portion of the bill has been endorsed by Colonel Jerry Adams, head of the Water Patrol, as a good move for Lake of the Ozarks.

Adams says the no-wake provision would return the lake to a more family oriented boating environment.

"The bill would have a positive environmental impact by reducing shoreline erosion and reducing the amount of dock, breakwater, seawall and boatlift damage caused by large wakes," Adams said. "It would not apply to some of the largest off-channel areas that are classified as creeks."

If the bill passes, buoy applications would still be handled through the Water Patrol.

Adams said the Water Patrol would conduct an evaluation of the cove and make a recommendation to the colonel and the buoy committee.

It will allow the Water Patrol to approve buoys permits without having to take into consideration safety issues.

As boating traffic has increased on Lake of the Ozarks, the number of requests for buoys has increased. Most of the requests come from property owners concerned about damage to docks and other structures caused by wake damage.

Under current Water Patrol guidelines, permits for no-wake buoys are issued for safety reasons, not property damage. The bill eases that restriction.

"This would make coves safer for people in the water, on docks and those operating smaller boats," said Adams. "It would enable small boat owners to once again use these areas for skiing and cruising without fear of being swamped by large wakes."
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Yea, trying to figure where I need to move now I read this in fridays paper.
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