Clear Lake council tonight to discuss proposed regulation of new floating dock after Parks & Rec board suggests changes

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council tonight will consider adopting the first reading of an ordinance regarding the use of the new floating dock at the Main Avenue boat ramp at the seawall. The council at its meeting two weeks ago referred the ordinance to the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for further review. Under the original language, no more than one commercial vessel could be docked at any one time by any one business renting watercraft to the public, nor could any watercraft or vessel be tied or moored to the dock for more than three continuous hours. In a memo to the council, Parks and Recreation director Randy Miller says the board recommended changes including: allowing 45 minutes for staging and/or removal of commercial watercraft; allowing no more than two commercial vessels at any one time for the purpose of staging or removal; any actively rented craft should fall under the same time limitations as any other watercraft; clarifying a section in the proposed ordinance to include organized events such as regattas, tournaments, or boat shows; and clarifying that commercial vessels or watercraft should refer to the selling of products such as food and goods. The board also suggests that the council look into any similar ordinance that may exist in the Iowa Great Lakes area for comparison, as well as see a discussion further open up with other commercial watercraft rental providers in the Clear Lake-Ventura area for any input they may have to a proposed ordinance. The council meets at 6 o’clock tonight at City Hall.last_img read more