Cuomo enforces No Wake Zone along Lake Ontario shoreline

Jul 2, 2017

Additional efforts have been put into place to decrease flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

On Sunday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that multiple agencies will take action to enforce the No Wake Zone along the two bodies of water. The state will deploy 20 watercraft and 42 law enforcement officers for additional support. Local municipalities are also empowered to issue tickets with fines up to $250 to recreational boaters violating the 5 mph speed limit within 600 feet of the shore; a new speed limit which had been announced back in May.

"With high water levels along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, it is critical that we support local enforcement efforts and ensure boaters are aware of speed limits in place,” Governor Cuomo said. "With the deployment of these additional resources and personnel, New York is working with local communities to protect flood affected homes, businesses and infrastructure along the shoreline as best we can. I encourage everyone to take precautions while on the water, follow the rules and remain safe."

A multi-media campaign has been launched so boaters are well informed of and abide by the speed limit.