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In Praise Of 3rd Street Boat Launch

CdALocal: As a boater on this lake for as long as I can remember…I do not like the traffic on the boat these days and the rudeness that has become a “norm” on out beautiful lake. So, I can also appreciate that by removing the launch from downtown may deter boaters because of the convieniences we do offer boaters to our town; restaurants, shops, gas stations close by, etc. so in turn our lake may be a bit more enjoyable again and less boat chop! On the otherside of the coin in the respect for safety…it is by far the safest boat launch around! On a windy day there is NO WAY I would dare launch at any other launch on this lake, this is due to the protection of Tubb’s Hill, breakwater barrier and the CdA Resort protection. I have watched in the winter months the lone retired fisherman launch his small vessel and easily tie off his boat on the dock and easily park his truck & trailer and not walk a long distance to do this process. In summer months the individual that is trying to launch his/her boat alone can also do this with ease the way our parking is currently set and not hold up traffic getting their boat moved on for others to continue to launch/load out.

Question: One of best-reasoned comments in support of keeping current Third Street boat launch. Thoughts?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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