Thread: Speed Limit on the Chain- oh no!
12-04-2007, 07:56 AM #1
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
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
12-04-2007, 08:02 AM #2
- Join Date
- Dec 2006
- Plainfield, IL
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!
12-04-2007, 08:17 AM #3
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.......
12-04-2007, 10:48 AM #4
They should start by limiting the amount of urine all the drunks are depositing in the water first.
12-04-2007, 10:56 AM #5
If they impose a speed limit they will cut there own throats.
Think of all the revenue that will just go elsewhere
12-04-2007, 11:34 AM #6
12-04-2007, 12:04 PM #7
12-04-2007, 12:24 PM #8
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 .
12-04-2007, 12:44 PM #9
12-04-2007, 01:46 PM #10
Best camp site around.
I love camping there.
If there's a speed limit how are they going to sell there overpriced
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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