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Mayor: New law may ease problem of congested docks

LAKE GEORGE - The Village of Lake George will no longer be permitting overnight parking of boats at their public docks on Beach Road. The Village Board unanimously enacted a law at their last meeting prohibiting vessels from mooring at the docks between \\midnight and 8 a.m. daily.

The Village operates six public docks on the southern end of the lake. Each dock is 90 feet long and can accommodate up to 36 boats, 28 feet and under. Complaints from boaters wishing to access the docks but finding them continuously occupied, particularly on weekends and special events, have led to the new regulations.

"The purpose of our public docks are no different than our metered street parking," Mayor Blais said. "We wish to allow users the maximum opportunity to visit our village, shop, and browse. But some large vessels, particularly those with overnight cabins that take two or three spaces, have stayed at the docks for two or three days and block other users. We are not a marina but seek to turnover as many users as possible, increasing their availability."

Trustees and residents at the meeting related to the necessity to adopt such a law, remarking that unfortunately a few spoil it for many by abusing former privileges.

The Village charges $2 per hour for the docks for any size boat. Village officials will issue warnings throughout the initial first days of the law's enactment, with full enforcement after permanent signage is installed.

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