Meeting on Wednesday, July 11, at 10 a.m. Open to the Public

The seven-member state Boat Regulation Commission will meet at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club on Wednesday, July 11. The group assembles at least monthly to establish rules and regulations for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public and the use of New Jersey waters.

Created in 2013, the commission consists of six unpaid members appointed by the governor, preferably experienced boaters who represent various geographical areas and boating interests within the state, including at least one who is actively employed in the marine industry. The attorney general serves ex officio.

The meeting, which is open to everyone, will begin at 10 a.m. at the yacht club (75 North Bertrand Avenue, Mt. Arlington). It represents a rare opportunity for boaters in the Lake Hopatcong area to attend a commission meeting, as most are held at locations near the Jersey shore.

According to Jessica Murphy, president of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, the LHF was asked to convene a group of stakeholders prior to the scheduled meeting to review current regulations pertaining to the lake. Murphy noted that the regulations have not been updated in decades. The group that met earlier this month comprised people with diverse interests in the lake such as representatives of the Lake Hopatcong Commission, Lake Hopatcong Coast Guard auxiliary, Lake Hopatcong Sail and Power Squadron, Knee Deep Club, Antique Boat Club, marina owners, and local officials.

The stakeholder group jointly prepared a statement for the commission’s review, which wrapped up as follows:

“The group concluded that, by and large, the regulations pertaining to Lake Hopatcong were still appropriate as written. It was felt that the restriction pertaining to pulling no more than two skiers (§ 13:82-3.11(b)) needed to be modernized and changed to not pulling more than two ski lines to encompass all the other recreational activities involving ropes. This particular provision should also be amended to include the same weekend hours that are included in § 13:82-3.11(a). There was also indication that the locations referred to as ‘Henderson Cove’ and ‘Woodport Cove’ should be further defined as there is confusion among the local population.”

Members of the public who attend the Boat Regulation Commission’s meeting on July 11 are welcome to share their thoughts on possible updates to the lake’s boating regulations during the time designated for public comment.

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