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City ponders seawall mooring

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:58 AM

City Manager Pat McGinnis said the topic came up after complaints of one specific boat that was left unattended for a long period of time.

McGinnis said they aren’t in any kind of rush, but a mooring ordinance could be in place before next year's boating season begins. Before drafting a local ordinance, he said city officials will take time to look into concerns about a proposal to place fender devices along the wall to protect boats from damage.

During a recent work session, City Council received two recommendations from the city's Harbor Board — limit the mooring of boats to seven days and install fender devices to protect boats along the wall.

McGinnis said they aren’t looking to charge boaters for mooring, but simply limit the amount of time spent along the channel wall through a complaint-driven process.

Harbor Board Chairman Michael Cramer said they suggested a seven-day limit because it seemed long enough to enjoy the town, but not long enough to bother others. After seven days, city officers would have the ability to ask boaters to leave.

The length of time away from the wall would be at the city's discretion, based on any complaints they receive, Cramer said.

Boats mooring along the seawall often receive damages after being pushed around by waves, which is one of the reasons why the Harbor Board recommends trying a fender device. The 15-foot-long fenders would fit between the ladders on chains, allowing boaters to adjust them as needed, and they could remain in place during winter months.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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