Rental rules might have to wait
by Staff Writer
John Marino, who chairs a rental boat committee formed in the spring, said he wants to fully examine the issue before trying to bring a new ordinance before the commission.
“Every time we meet we think we’ve got a problem solved, and then it opens up other problems,” Marino said. “It’s like the Gordian knot.”
Marino would like to see lake law enforcement get more involved and also wants to figure out what kind of penalty would be assessed to those violating the ordinance.
The creation of a rental boat committee was spurred to action following an accident on Lake Norman in the summer of 2011 when the inexperienced pilot of a 24-foot rental boat ran into 25-year-old Deondra Scott. The boat’s propeller struck Scott twice in the right arm, which was later amputated.
• Dave Caldwell, Mecklenburg County water quality supervisor, updated the commission Aug. 13 on a report of a possible oil spill below the N.C. 150 bridge in Mooresville.
Some residents reported a spill after seeing a dark film in the water. But after a test, Caldwell said it’s only algae and shouldn’t cause any harm.