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Rafting event approved

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Marine Commission approved a rafting event on the lake at its Monday night meeting that will take place on Memorial Day.
Larry Hensley, will hold the party at his dock in Iredell County.
In order to host the event, Hensley had to give 60 days notice to the commission and fill out a rafting event application.
The party is expected to have between 80 to 100 people, many who will be arriving by boat.
The commission also scheduled a public hearing for its next meeting on June 13 at 7 p.m. to make some changes to its rafting ordinance.
The changes are a result of complaints at the Sandbar, the cove near Marker D4 where many boaters raft up to party, drink and play loud music.
“Rafting up,” is defined as the anchoring, mooring, tying, fastening, linking or joining of any combination of six or more vessels together in close proximity with one another.
“It is too early to tell what type of changes we will make,” said Bob Elliott, executive director of the marine commission.
Law enforcement will start to become more strict about the rafting up and partying this weekend.
“The main problem is the noise,” Elliott said.
Law enforcement officials are suggesting that the boaters move between the two islands nearby the Sandbar.
Warnings will be given for boaters who do not comply with this new ordinance. If this doesn’t work a $100 fine will be issued.
In other business the marine commission:
· Heard from Mike Weber, a Mecklenburg resident who is hoping to start a convenience store on the lake which may or may not serve alcohol
· Received an $850 donation to its navigational aid program, from Steve Barnum and Jeremy Thompson, who own Ragin’ Uptown Yacht Charters
· Approved a no-wake buoy for Westport Marina
by Amy Wadsworth

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