Windsor City Council Requesting No Wake Zone

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Windsor City Council is asking the province to implement a 'no wake zone' along the Detroit River near people's homes.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens says council is looking for some guidance from the Harbour Master to make the request which will be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation.

Dilkens says the 'no wake zone' would force boaters to slow down near people's homes, so they aren't causing a big wave which splashes onto the shoreline and into people's homes.

A meeting is scheduled Tuesday between the city, the RCMP, OPP, Windsor Police and LaSalle Police about enforcement.

"With recreational boaters currently there is not a speed limit, or no wake zone along the river area and what we are asking for, what council approved tonight is asking the minister to allow the port authority to implement a temporary speed limit or no wake zone along the waterfront where there are residence."

Dilkens says the situation could get worse, before it gets better.

"We know that the water levels have not crested yet and it could be some time in August before they do, so we are trying to take every step possible to protect the residents who live along Riverside Dr. who are subject to the effects of flooding and it is at a serious point right now."

He points out this would only be temporary until the water levels drop again.

There is currently a no wake zone by Peche Island and the marina.

Dilkens estimates there are more than 100 residences along Riverside Dr. that are impacted and admits this is a big step as it is affecting Windsor residences and LaSalle.

--With files from AM800's Zander Broeckel