07-02-2010, 06:13 AM #1
Jet skis banned from New Haven launch
New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - One New Haven business owner is steaming after the city decided to ban jet skis from launching at Lighthouse Point Park this holiday weekend.
Keith Libby, owner of Libby's MotoWorld, spent much of his day on the telephone. Conversations revolved around a piece of concrete he's not allow to use.
"It's completely wrong. They're discriminating the personal watercraft," Libby said.
Since last weekend, the Parks and Recreation Department is not allowing owners to launch their personal watercrafts, citing numerous complaints of hazardous driving from swimmers, fisherman, and boaters.
"I spoke with Bob Levine who is in charge of Parks and Rec departments. He says there are complaints from not just this year, but in previous years, there have been a number of safety concerns, close-calls, with boaters, fisherman, canoers, he says he had no choice, he had to shut it down in the interest of public safety," Libby said.
At Gargano's Powersports in East Haven, owners questioned if New Haven will give a refund if the ban continues.
"It's public property, and the DEP classifies these as a class A powerboat, just like any other boat, if you are going to ban a personal watercraft, you have to ban all boats," said Bob Gargano.
As for Keith, he plans to spend more time on the phone, making complaints. He'd rather be using this piece of now controversial concrete.
"We want people out there having fun," he said.
The city is asking the DEP to come in here and patrol these waters. If that happens, then they will reevaluate this decision.
07-02-2010, 06:17 AM #2
By Abbe Smith, Register Staff
NEW HAVEN — The city is temporarily banning personal watercraft from launching from Lighthouse Point Park, a ban that will remain in place over the holiday weekend.
Robert Levine, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees, said the ban was instituted in response to complaints of reckless operation of personal watercraft.
“It’s a temporary thing while we investigate alternatives and arrange for some sort of law enforcement,” he said.
Levine said the city has had problems with inappropriate behavior by people on personal watercraft for years. Personal watercraft often are referred to as "Jet Skis," but that is a trade name for a vessel made by a specific manufacturer
Recently, there have been complaints of personal watercraft running slaloms between the buoys that indicate swimming areas. Speeding and riding too close to shore and the fishing pier are two other major complaints, Levine said.
The final straw for Levine was complaints of reckless watercraft operation near city-sponsored day camps for kids.
But some personal watercraft enthusiasts think the city is exaggerating the number of people acting irresponsibly with personal watercraft
Keith Libby, owner of Libby’s Motoworld in New Haven, said it is ridiculous for the city to ban personal watercraft, especially right before the one of the biggest boating weekends of the summer. Libby concedes there are some people who operate personal watercraft recklessly, but said the responsible majority should not suffer for the irresponsible few.
“The poor people with the watercraft are really getting the raw end of this. There are a few people who go too fast and too close to shore but they are just a few bad apples,” Libby said.
City spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said the ban will remain in effect while the city works with the state Department of Environmental Protection to increase enforcement of safe boating rules in the area.
For the holiday weekend, the city plans to beef up enforcement at toll booths at the park entrance to ensure that all boats and trailers are properly registered. Unregistered boats and trailers will not be allowed in the park. Personal watercraft will not be allowed in the park.
Dennis Schain, spokesman for the DEP, said the city informed the state of its plan to close the launch this weekend due to public safety concerns.
“We plan to discuss the situation with them to explore all alternatives to addressing the situation for the long-term. Although this is a city-owned boat launch, it was built with the help of federal funds and we need to make certain all rules pertaining to use are consistent with federal requirements,” Schain said in an e-mail.
Schain added that the city is being referred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for review of the situations and to review the “best course of action to protect public safety and use of launch.”
Contact Abbe Smith at 203-789-5615.
07-02-2010, 06:29 AM #3
so who's going to step up with the law suit..
whatever happened to having the harbormaster or coast guard hang out at in the area to catch the "bad apples"
there just being lazy, typical
07-02-2010, 06:38 AM #4
Lets stage a protest and block the entrance with legally registered trailer and skis.
07-02-2010, 07:17 AM #5
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Harbor Master for New Haven is Mike Pimer and his number is 203-932-2159. i would start by calling and file a complaint. this is crazy. which town is going to jump on the ban wagon next?
07-02-2010, 07:48 AM #6
good, maybe you people will ride ct river more now!
07-02-2010, 08:33 AM #7
a few bad apples... there are some idiots who do ride there...and ruin it for the rest of us.. BUT I can't remember EVER seeing any patrol there.
Damn. It is a great place to launch...
07-02-2010, 01:37 PM #8
I say we all launch else where and then ride over and "hang out" at the ramp. What bullshit.
07-02-2010, 03:59 PM #9
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