LAKE GEORGE - Lake George Village passed a law Monday that prohibits boats from mooring at the municipal docks for overnight stays, a practice that has peeved citizens and local officials alike.
With this law now enacted, it will be illegal for watercraft - unless specifically authorized buy the village board - to be moored at the village-owned docks between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m. any day of the week. Presently, boats are not allowed to dock for more than 10 hours.
Exceptions for police, fire and special event vessels may be granted by the board, however. The village docks are located at the south end of the lake adjacent to Blais Park.
Village Mayor Robert Blais said as many as 12 boats at a time were mooring at the village docks for an entire weekend, blocking the use of the docks for others.
"We've had problems with boaters using our docks as marinas," he said.
Blais said he's received complaints not only on the overnight stays - primarily by larger boats - but noisy, disruptive drinking parties on the boats that park at the docks long into the night.
"I've heard that boaters who drink in our bars don't want to drive their boats home," he said. "But to this, I say, 'Get a designated driver!'"
The new law takes effect in several weeks when it is filed with the Secretary of State, trustee Ray Perry said.
The board also voted for Elan Associates of Saratoga Springs to apply for a grant on behalf of the village for as much as $150,000 to build permanent "crib" docks with foundations, rather than the less permanent "stake" docks now in place.
Blais said the heftier village docks would mean a reduction in the $15,000 to $22,000 spent annually on repairing the structures. He said Secretary of State Lorraine Cort s-V zquez, during her visit last week, suggested the village apply for a matching grant.