VIDEO: Boaters Ban Extended Along Detroit River Shoreline

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The temporary 30-metre ban for boaters along the Detroit River shoreline has been extended.

Windsor Port Authority Harbour Master Peter Berry says the ban will continue for another 30-days.

As heard on AM800 news in July, the port authority along with the city implemented the ban to try and lessen the damage caused by waves due to the historic high water levels.

"We're going to renew that 30-days for another," says Berry.  "What we're seeing is the water levels themselves have receded very little and we're still having the issues of water in people's homes, water through the streets so we'll continue to traffic safety zone for another 30-days."     

He says 99.9 percent of the boaters are complying.

"When we explain to them why, the majority are very receptive and immediately comply," says Berry.  "We do have a small group of vessels that decide no I don't want to comply, this is not fair and again they are the ones who might in the future face actually going to court with us on this issue."        

He warns the education period is over.

The ban means no motorized watercraft can be close to the shoreline unless they're docking.

It's being enforced by the Windsor Police Marine Unit.

Individuals failing to comply could be fined a maximum of $5,000, while corporations such as tour boats could face fines up to $50,000.

As of now, no charges have been laid against individuals or corporations.

Berry says another assessment will happen in September.

 

 

— With files from AM800's Kristylee Varley