How to improve greater access to the boating lifestyle in Lake Country remains an issue with no clear-cut solutions.
Council was presented a moorage buoys’ study late last month by consultant Juliet Anderton, retained by the district to gauge public response to this issue and illuminate on how the district should proceed forward.
The study is a response to the recent surge in the placement of private moorage buoys on Wood Lake, Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake.
Some of the survey data collected for the study reflected some divided opinions:
• 38 per cent in favour of expanding the number of moorage buoys, 37 per cent opposed with 25 per cent undecided
• 71 per cent agreed or strongly agreed the district should ensure the demand from local residents for moorage buoys is met, 21 percent disagreed
• 59 per cent disagreed or strongly disagreed that moorage buoy demands from tourists are provided, 21 per cent agreed.
Coun. Bill Scarrow said the study didn’t really reflect a clear consensus on several moorage buoy options and that most of the people who generally complain about the proliferation of boats on local lakes are not boat owners.
Mark Koch, director of district community services, said the intent behind the study was to craft a solution to the moorage buoy location issues that could be brought back to council for further consideration and public input.