Spring Lake resident Terry Grotemat said it's often a challenge to maneuver between other boaters and swimmers near Smith’s Bridge.
“Patrols would be fine if they told them to move,” he said at last week’s Ferrysburg City Council meeting.
Grotemat said he would like to see a buoyed channel established for boats to remain out of the way.
Ferrysburg Councilwoman Rebecca Hopp said “unspeakable things” happen on the boats.
Although the area is congested, there’s nothing illegal about it, said Lt. Lee Hoeksema of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.
Hoeksema said the most common complaints from that area are about the noise, but that’s something the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department enforces. The Sheriff's Department marine patrol monitors the area to enforce marine laws — such as operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs, underage drinking, and reckless boating — Hoeksema explained.
Another area patrolled for noise complaints off Spring Lake is Stahl’s Bayou, commonly known as Hanky Pank Bayou, Hoeksema said. As music blares, some boaters walk boat to boat, which presents the danger of falling over and potential drowning.
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