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Boat ban saps fun for some

by Evan White

Canandaigua, N.Y.--Rules are rules, but that doesn't make the loss of a popular lake on what's a vacation day for most--any easier.

"We bought the boat in October basically for the grandchildren, "explained John Cipollina, a Canandaigua boater. His family visited Canandaigua Monday from Waverly, N.Y. to see the parade then go out on the boat.

"Well, they saw the parade," Cipollina said.

Strong spring rain storms inundated the lakes in recent weeks, leaving Canandaigua Lake more than four inches above flood level and Honeoye Lake six inches above it, as of Monday, according to Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero.

"They are saying there's debris in the water," said Kirk Farnung. "There's debris every spring, there's no more debris than normal."
"Why didn't they close the lake last week when the water was at my front porch?" Farnung asked.

Povero said the State of Special Emergency remains in effect for Yates and Ontario County. For that reason, the motorized boat ban still exists.

Taking a motorized boat on the either lake could result in a charge of disorderly conduct by way of knowingly creating a hazardous situation, said Povero.

"The water level has definitely gone down but there's a lot of debris," said Tyler Lamar, a Canandaigua Lake boater.

"We're seeing huge sticks floating up by the boat the past two days," Lamar added. "So, I think safety-wise, it's a good thing."

Povero said the two popular Finger Lakes are being monitored daily and when the levels fall to acceptable limits, the county will petition the governor to lift the state of emergency.

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