Battle over plan to restrict access to metro lakes

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 11, 2012 - 1:43 AM

There's angry debate over an ambitious plan to have every boat inspected and every public boat access from Minneapolis' Chain of Lakes to Lake Minnetonka to have electronic gates regulating access.

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sarahanneAug. 9, 12 9:09 PM

Unfortunately this shows why we need government involvement. If all boat owners took personal responsibility to make sure that their boats did not have any invasive species on it - their would have been no need for these regulations.

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KruegerAug. 9, 12 9:21 PM

Easy no cost solution. You keep your boat and trailer out of the water for 5 days. Anything on it will die. No cost to the taxpayers. If you want to fish or boat within the 5 day limit, find some friends to fish or boat with that have also obeyed the 5 day rule. You just got to use your heads and stop thinking "no one is going to tell you what you can or cannot do."

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louie73Aug. 9, 12 9:22 PM

Lake minnetonka is already infested with millfoil, Zeb's etc. Your a day late and a dollar short (on prevention) Stop waisting the resources (tax dollars) on silly inspection and boat washes and direct your resources (tax dollars) on a plan to rid the waters of the evasive species.

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fisherboyAug. 9, 12 9:24 PM

Let me get this straight... Public accesses are now restricted so that lake property owners can have their own private lake. Public accesses were built for the purpose of public access for the public. Is it not true that many of these lakes they are trying to protect are all ready infested? And some of these for more than 10 years. As a lake property owner in west central MN and completely frustrated with the county lakeshore board and the mindset of these "I got mine" board members who block every proposed development or variance request without really looking at the facts. It certainly appears this metro lakeshore board is no different, accept they are angling for government funding assistance and regulations to meet their privatization of lakes objectives. I bet this is the same process that the royals and the elites of Europe secured their vast tracts of land and desired properties.

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davepenAug. 9, 12 9:35 PM

Begun, the class wars have.

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crestliner62Aug. 9, 12 9:40 PM

How is that Milfoil Weevil experiment going on Christmas Lake? Just can't help yourselfs from spending taxpayers money on a losing effort can you. NO GATES! NO GATES!

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westofmplsAug. 9, 12 9:46 PM

"year after year government has failed to solve the problem"......and you can be certain that year after year the Lake Minnetonka and Christmas Lake dwellers have screamed about taxes, both income and property, that could have helped bottle up the problem or at least slowed the spread. Now they want a big chunk of tax dollars to protect there properties knowing full well we can't affordcthe plan for lakes virtually anywhere else in the state. Just another cases of wealthy people wanting their cake...and yours too.

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esoxluciusAug. 9, 12 9:47 PM

Maybe Mr. Shneider also has a plan to regulate access for every lakeshore home as well. Have yet to see this in any "plan" put forward by these associations. No concern there right? Of course they couldn't be at fault could they? (see lakes Rose and Irene). Lakeshore home owners have been degrading our water quality for decades. Please look in mirror Mr. Shneider before you point fingers.

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westofmplsAug. 9, 12 9:50 PM

The best short term effort would be to effectively control and inspect boats and docks moving off of those few dozen lakes already infested with each of the species of concern. If the Christmas Lake crowd was really concerned about the bigger picture they would get behind that approach. It's clear they want to protect the lake they live on and once that's done they walk away from the bigger problem.

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anotherfourAug. 9, 1210:08 PM

10,000 lakes! Yours to enjoy according to government oversight. Your restrictions will be reflected as a credit on my taxes naturally, right?

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