After residents along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline suffered through serious flooding problems this spring, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday plans to increase enforcement of no wake zones.
Multiple state agencies will deploy resources to assist local enforcement to enforce the no wake zones, including 20 watercraft and 42 law enforcement officers.
In May, Cuomo announced a speed limit for boaters within 600 feet of the shore. In the past, the speed limit was 5 mph within 100 feet of the shore. Now, if boaters exceed the 5 mph speed limit within 600 feet of the shore, they may be given tickets carrying fines of up to $250. The increased enforcement will attempt to increase the crackdown on violators.
"With high water levels along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, it is critical that we support local enforcement efforts and ensure boaters are aware of speed limits in place,” Cuomo wrote in a statement. "With the deployment of these additional resources and personnel, New York is working with local communities to protect flood affected homes, businesses and infrastructure along the shoreline as best we can. I encourage everyone to take precautions while on the water, follow the rules and remain safe."
Water levels remain elevated throughout the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River system, which has caused serious flooding problems for residents. The waves along the shoreline have only made the problems worse.
2 On Your Side visited the shoreline multiple times this past spring, and those stories can be found below.