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Hee’s The Scoop…VFD-Water Safety Beach Patrol…

LAUNCHING FROM WHERE?….

According to our code of ordinances…watercraft cannot be launched from the beach….

Yet proudly displayed in the introduction by the Chief of the LBTS-VFD is the new Jet Ski purchased by the VFD…for training for water safety rescues in the future…

Let’s see… The independent “contractor” bought a Jet Ski…and we the taxpayers just paid an additional  $10, 976.21 for equipment for the Town owned ATVs…at the 4/14/09 Commission meeting…

This is one more look at the “blurry” lines of Town-VFD…together-independent…The Town needed to purchase the ATVs and equipment…and the VFD could afford the Jet Ski…and own it independently…

We were told of liability to the town for “lifeguards”…the VFD cannot be insured as lifeguards…But now announced in the Mc-Furth Times by the VFD… we are saying we will do water safety rescues…that is if they…a private contractor can get the code changed to launch off of the beach…and our Attorney’s do some research into the liability to the Town…HMMMMM…….

Sec. 5-51.  Operation of boats restricted.
It shall be unlawful for any person to:
(1)   Reserved;
(2)   Operate or pilot a boat or other watercraft within a 100-yard area directly north, south and east of, or directly under or beneath, the fishing pier situated at the east end of Commercial Boulevard;
(3)   Launch or land boats, rafts, or craft of any kind upon the Town beaches, except in case of an emergency; or
(4)   Use the beaches, either public or private, for the storage or parking of boats.
(Code 1962, § 5-6; Ord. No. 266, 9-14-82; Ord. No. 389, § 2, 6-24-97)’

BC- will they skirt by with the “emergency” in #3…with the new majority…and “in the pocket” staffing…could be…but still the liability question looms…..

http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=14431&sid=9

more to come….

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