Lucido: No-wake zones must be respected and enforced

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter J. Lucido on Tuesday called on the Macomb County Sherriff’s Marine Division, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard to be vigilant and strictly enforce laws relating to “no wake zones.”

The senator also reminded residents that watercraft speed and wake laws exist for the benefit of land and property owners and nature, as well as the safety of boaters, especially at a time of record high water levels.

“This year’s record high water levels on the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, and inland lakes, streams and canals present a real threat of flooding and erosion to adjacent properties and nature areas,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township.

“During the summer months when boating activity is at its highest, it is important for operators to obey no wake zones. It is especially important this year with the increased threat of high water levels, not only for their own safety, but also to respect their neighbors.

“While this is a commonsense idea, too many fail to follow the rules because they don’t understand the damage that their wake can do to the property of landowners and to waterfowl and other habitats adjacent to the shore.

“I ask that everyone please be aware and respectful while boating so that we can all enjoy our Pure Michigan summer.”