The boats gather together, music is played, and people walk from boat to boat while partying — none of which are illegal activities. It’s summer. Heck, it’s expected.
If you live or boat in these areas and don’t like it, you have a couple of options. You can find another place to spend your time. Or you can embrace the fact that people enjoy the water and let them have their fun.
It’s probably safe to say you enjoy the liberty to celebrate legally as well, whether it’s in your own backyard or in the water.
You’d be naive to choose to live on the water without realizing there’s a very strong chance that there will be people out celebrating summer on the water.
We don’t live in a retirement community. We live in a tourist community blessed with great waterways that provide the opportunity for entertainment.
The congestion of boats gathering and tethering together may be cumbersome to other boaters, but it’s not illegal. You’d be foolish to not expect congestion in our local waters during these hot boating months.
The music may be annoying to some, but it’s not illegal. If it’s too loud, the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department enforces the sound ordinance.
Walking from boat to boat may be risky, but it also is not illegal.
Ferrysburg Councilwoman Rebecca Hopp mentioned “unspeakable things” happen on the boats. Hmm, not quite sure exactly what she’s referring to with that broad comment. Unspeakable as in illegal? In that case, the authorities patrolling the area would take the proper actions.
Complainers: don’t rain on their parade. There are already necessary laws in place. More restrictions would interfere with the freedom these public waters provide for people to let their hair down and enjoy the boating season.
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