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    Speed Limit on the Chain- oh no!

    We need your help and support. I have enclosed a letter
    we wrote in response to the Daily Herald article about speed
    restrictions on the Chain that was published last week. We immediately
    contacted the writer of the article and expressed our concerns about a
    speed limit and excessive noise complaints. We were offered a 300 word
    rebuttal to be published in The Daily Herald. In this letter I tried not
    to separate power boaters from all other boaters. I do not want to
    single any of us out as a group to attack. I tried to keep it neutral.
    My key points addressed the articles 2 key concerns of speed and noise.
    They are concerned with speed due to safety, yet there are no facts to
    substantiate that speeds have caused any accidents. As for the noise
    issues they already have enforceable policies (Chapter in effect. Has
    the number of noise violations gone up? I think they should possibly try
    enforcing the policies already in place if they are receiving
    complaints.

    We need to get the word out and make an appearance in
    force at these meetings start petitions and make some real noise or we
    may be sorry for not speaking up. A few squeaky wheels can do a lot of
    damage to all of us. The next meeting is Dec 13 th 6:30 pm at the
    McHenry Municple Building 333 Green Street.
    Please forward this to all
    boaters you know and ask everyone to forward to all boaters they know.


    It is a shame that a minority of people are asking for a speed limit on the Fox River and Chain O Lakes that would
    jeopardize the boating enjoyment for thousands of boaters that register
    and pay to use the waterways. We are asking all power boaters, pleasure
    boaters, skiers, fishermen and homeowners to make an appearance and
    defend the lifestyle we currently enjoy on the waterways. The next
    meeting of the Fox Waterway Agency is set for Dec 13, 6:30 at the
    McHenry Municipal Building 333 Green Street. At this meeting they will
    review options about speed limits and noise. We need to show up and
    speak out against this before it is too late. The Illinois Fox River &
    Chain O Lakes ranks as the most popular inland waterway in the entire
    United States. The Chain O Lakes and Fox River have been enjoyed for
    over 100 years and now they want to disrupt that? There are no facts to
    substantiate that anyone has been hurt by high speeds. Where are the
    facts to support that speed has caused safety hazards? There are tens
    of thousands of registered boaters now. Considering the amount of
    watercrafts registered and enjoying the waterways the safety is
    excellent. There is already a speed limit for night and there is an
    enforceable Excessive Noise Policy (Chapter in effect. These minority
    of people complaining about noise need to ask how these current noise
    policies are being enforced? A boat going 45, 55, or 65 has little
    difference in its decibel level, some pleasure crafts and bass boats
    exceed the decibel levels. The waterway needs to enforce the policies
    they currently have before they add more restrictions. We have all
    chosen the waterways here for all the opportunities it offers that
    lifestyle will be lost if we don't protect our rights

    Mike Livorsi, Livorsi Marine Inc


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    One more reason why I don't go to the chain'o'lake's. Sorry.

    However I do agree with your point about noise and speed restrictions though. I will say this again, we are becoming a police governemt. Good ol'big brother!

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    I say we get at least five ski's to the Henry Municiple building and start flushing the ski's.

    Free flow exhaust ski's only please.......

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    They should start by limiting the amount of urine all the drunks are depositing in the water first.

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    If they impose a speed limit they will cut there own throats.
    Think of all the revenue that will just go elsewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by RXP Steve View Post
    They should start by limiting the amount of urine all the drunks are depositing in the water first.

    Thats what keeps the Chain water so warm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BudLightBunnY View Post
    Thats what keeps the Chain water so warm...
    and salty..

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    Good luck with this one.Who is going to enforce this the mchenry sherriff with there fleet of 6 boats for the entire chain and river.The people on boats playing cops trying to read tag numbers at 70 mph plus good luck.This will not work wheres mchenry going to get the funds for this .IMO THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN.HELL JUST SEND ALL THE SHIVER RIVER people to the meeting those folks alone would over ride all. Even by a remote chance it happens i will be out there breakin the law as the priest man says it well.breakin the law breakin the law da da da da .

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    Quote Originally Posted by RXP Steve View Post
    and salty..

    It's our own version of the ocean!

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    Best camp site around.
    I love camping there.
    If there's a speed limit how are they going to sell there overpriced
    CHAIN STICKERS
    To many no wake zones there now.
    They need to send money to make money
    Fix the dam system and get more water in the system so we have a longer season then they make more money.
    The Chain is not solely for fishing though so many fishermen think it is.
    Its for having a good time(not 15 drunks hanging off a pontoon boat)and geting away from reality.

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