Water Safety Quiz
Question #3: We have a question.
One of our neighbors bought a pair of Personal Watercraft (Jet Skis for
those of you wishing to maintain a high level of etiquette). I know
they have the right to use the lake just like we do, but can't they be
more considerate of their neighbors who don't like the sound of these "water
saws"? One of their kids, I think he's about six years old, got on
one last summer and circled and looped and looped and circled around in
one place, right in front of our cabin for about five hours without stopping.
Later, I also saw other kids in this group chasing wildlife and driving
through the bullrush weeds near the shore. They like to have daily
"peel-out" races where the two of them park idle at their dock and then,
at a signal, they floor the throttle and head for the other side of the
lake. They sound like monster mosquitoes with attitudes! I've
just about reached the end of my rope, but I don't want to offend these
people. Should I talk to them about this activity?
This is a difficult situation. You may definitely need
a longer rope! Since many PWC operators are sensible, considerate
types, you might just want to stand on your beach area with your hands
on your hips and sneer at them for a while. They'll get the message
after a time, and with no hard feelings that often occur between lake residents
with conflicting opinions on PWC use. Another suggestion would be
to invite the adult family members over for a drink while their kids are
out buzzing around and tearing up the lake. When they arrive, lower
you voice to a breathy whisper so that they can hardly hear you speak over
the noise of the jet skis. When they have to ask you to repeat everything
twice, you can gradually raise your voice to a loud scream to overcome
the sound of the PWC's and they may eventually get the message. If
not, sell and move to Florida.
On a more serious side, the Cullen Lakes Property Owners Association
encourages all PWC operators to respect the rights of others while operating
their watercraft and excercise common sense and good boating habits.
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|All kidding aside, the Cullen Lakes Property Owners
Association encourages all members to be responsible lake home owners.
Your neighbors will love you for it and you'll feel great as well.