New Boating Laws In Effect for Irondequoit
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The new boating laws recently approved by the Town of Irondequoit went into full effect Saturday.
This new law sparked a heated debate among Irondequoit boaters and residents, but as the Sheriff's office patrolled the shoreline, it seemed that everyone's focus was on adhering to the laws and having a good time, and they found another location to do so.
"This is the typical setting that has caused such an uproar in the Town of Irondequoit. To some it looks like families having a good time."
Others view it as a major nuisance that leads to rowdy behavior and trespassing on private property.
Francine Beth, Co-Owner of Marge's said, "The quality of life was deteriorating quite rapidly. People were trespassing, through people's property, having to deal with the amount of alcohol being consumed on the water and having those people come ashore."
The new law prohibits boaters from anchoring or mooring boats within 300 feet of the shoreline in front homes opposite sea breeze and in front of the popular beach side restaurant, Marge's.
Now this once bustling shoreline only had one boat anchored the 300 feet off shore. So, where are all the boaters? Durand beach.
Irondequoit boater, Susan Payne said, "We've moved on...We are trying to be respectful, we are having a good time."
Area boaters say the zoning on the water shouldn't be what's monitored when it was the behavior on shore that was the main point of contention.
The constitutionality of the law and real purpose behind its implementation has also been called into question.
Boat owner, Ed Leichtner said, "The homeowners now have a much higher property value and let's face it often that's what it's all about, money. The attorney who is on the board he knows that it doesn't actually pass constitutionally, it will get struck down, but we don't care we are happy here."
Leichtner, who used to live a few doors down from marge's says, the noise was only loud a handful of times in the summer, no louder, he says, than Marge's weekend band.
But Town Supervisor Mary Joyce D'Aurizio told YNN that the town can regulate vessels more within 1,500 feet off shore and says the town was always looking for a compromise.
Mary Joyce D'Aurizio, Irondequoit Town Supervisor said, "Hopefully throughout all this people are much more aware of the safety issues of boating and also people's property rights."
Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol could be seen monitoring the shoreline and are starting off by enforcing the laws and educating boaters before issuing tickets.
"It's been a lot better, a lot more relaxing and peaceful," said D'Aurizio.
Concerned for their children's safety, many families have moved to Durand Beach and maintain that they are only engaging in summertime family fun.
"We have maybe eight times out of the year that we can do this and I'm really not up for the fight," D'Aurizio said.
Markers will be installed so boaters know exactly when they are 300 feet off shore, right now this is causing some confusion for boaters.
The Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol and Coast Guard will enforce this new ordinance on the water and Irondequoit Police Department on land.