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Local lakes closed to motorized boats

Canandaigua, N.Y. - Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and now three of the Finger Lakes will be closed to motorized boats.

First, it was Keuka Lake in Yates County Wednesday, and now the Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero said Canandaigua and Honeoye Lakes will also be closed to motorized boats starting 8am Friday.

Sheriff Povero said Canandaigua Lake is 1.5 feet above normal, and Honeoye Lake is about a foot above normal.

"The lake levels on both lakes are still dangerously high," said Sheriff Povero. "We have an extraordinary amount of debris in the lakes, which is truly a hazard to navigation,"

It has also been a hazard to local businesses.Marshall Seager with Seager Marine said it has slowed down the boating season.

"We are way behind getting boats in the water, getting boats to people's cottages and homes, so it's had a negative impact to say the least," said Seager.

With dangerously high water levels, public safety concerns arose, including environmental harm to the shoreline, damage to lake properties and boaters.

"You don't want to chance hitting a big log with your prop," said Robert Haggerty with Seager Marine. "It's really just not worth it right now. If the sheriff is saying it's too dangerous, it's too dangerous."

The Democko Family said despite the closure, it won't ruin their weekend of family fun.

"We're just glad to be on Canandaigua Lake," said Gia Democko. "We love it, that's why we're here."

 
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