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Wake zone public hearings July 28 in Lake Wylie

Two public hearings for buoys in high-traffic boating areas are scheduled July 28 at the Lake Wylie Marine Commission meeting.

One plan creates a no-wake zone on the marina side near Saddler Island on the lake in North Carolina.

“There is a lot of opposition to that,” said Joe Stowe, commission executive director.

Hundreds of paddlers spend weekends between Tailrace Marina and the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Stowe said. The area also sees heavy boating traffic.

The commission has been talking about the area for about a year and moved signs asking boaters to slow down to a more prominent location in the cove.

“That’s had a fairly mild influence,” Stowe said.

The other plan is buoy replacement in the RiverPointe area, near the main channel. The commission wants no-wake buoys farther out into the cove because of boating traffic.

“It’s become a problem,” Stowe said. “We’re doing it at the request of the people who live there.”

Both public hearings are part of the commission’s 7 p.m. July 28 meeting at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5220 Crowders Cove Lane, Lake Wylie.