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Puking Dog

Sturgeon Point sand bar 2/12/2020

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It's hard to believe that elected officials can let this persist. I'm sure Lake Erie boating generates millions of dollars of income for Erie County small business ….. you name it..... boat sales, corner stores, gas stations, tourism dollars, bait sales, launch fees, dock fees, restaurants, motels ..... I just don't get it. If the Sturgeon Point marina is constructed such that annual dredging is needed, how is there not funds available to do so? It's the one thing that should be funded to ensure $'s keep flowing into the local community. Why isn't the local small business community up in arms? 

Also, if the SP launch marina is not available, what's that going to do to the launch traffic at SBH and the Catt? At a time when we'll be trying to keep apart launch conditions will force a higher concentrations of people launching boats. 

I live in Monroe county,  bought my most recent boat from a dealer in Derby, make 15 trips per year to Lake Erie for perch and walleyes...… buying bait and tackle and gas and munchies local to where ever I launch...… I don't understand how local business aren't fuming over this. Local officials need to be replaced...……. Sure seems nuts to me that they haven't been already.

 

Edited by J. Sparrow

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Thirty miles of Lake Erie shoreline in Erie County with no boating access for the public is a failure of our officials to at least open up the Sturgeon Point boat ramps. Using the Walleye season opener as an excuse to delay opening up the harbor there is a bunch of incompetence. With all the sales taxes, registration fees, fishing license sales collected from the marine community the excuse there is no money says to vote out the do nothing legislators, their stooges and department heads to get something done NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It is a shame to have the great fishery that we have here in Erie county but no way to access it. We need to have Sturgeon point become a STATE PARK this way it will be maintained the right way.

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Hi Jim    I sure don't have the answers but it sure will be a shame if Sturgeon point doesn't open this year. Sure will make launching at SBH a mess. And there is also the safety issue of not having a safe harbor from the Catt. to SBH

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The Operating Engineers Union Apprentice School is shut down now due the the Virus Deal. They would be glad to help out in a not for profit deal but the shutdown stops  them.

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The docks at the Cattaraugus Creek State Boat Ramp were put in by a private business operator, Sturgeon Point Marina could be operated by a private operator or the State Parks Commission.

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The Buffnews.com website had a report that Operating Engineers Apprentice School and Union Concrete Construction equipment was available to do the needed channel work. 

But it disappeared now????

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The Black Hole Called Albany and County Hall where your registration, sales taxes on your boat, equipment, fishing license, Federal tax on fishing equipment, and a myriad of other fees flow is off the hook now. Remember when they show up to shake your hand, kick them in the behind.

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