The public can comment Tuesday night on the draft Auke Lake Management Plan that recommends a 10-horsepower limit – automatically prohibiting jet skis on the small lake.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, or PRAC, is taking testimony at its meeting at 6 p.m. in CBJ Assembly Chambers. The proposal was released earlier this month.
It says Auke Lake’s size is not adequate for high horsepower watercraft and popular activities, including wake boarding and jet skiing. It also would prohibit towing.
The draft plan calls for the city to create a seasonal park ranger position to enforce regulations.
Email comments seem to be running about 50 – 50 for and against the recommendations that grew out of a CBJ Parks and Recreation study on lake traffic, after a teenager died in an accident on the lake last summer.
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