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Workshop Meeting on Boat Ramps Scheduled at Commissioners Court Wednesday

Boat ramp #1, image courtesy of Holiday Lodge on Canyon Lake.

A public workshop meeting about proposed new rules for Canyon Lake boat ramps is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Commissioners Court, 100 Main Plaza, New Braunfels.

County Judge Sherman Krause scheduled the meeting after outraged residents packed commissioners court on June 10 to protest new regulations drafted by Donna Eccleston, Comal County Commissioner, Pct. 1.

She said the new rules simply clarified and updated  27-year-old language in regulations that were drafted long before Canyon Lake became a tourist mecca attracting hundreds of thousands of recreationalists each year.

“We can only try to enhance the safety and clarity of what you can do in that space, but people will still be coming,” she said. “…Everything you couldn’t do before you still can’t do, and there’s nothing new in this order. We’re just updating the language.”

However those who spoke at last Thursday’s public hearing argued the new language would restrict access to boat ramps by making it illegal for anyone other than boaters and wealthy homeowners with lakefront property to access the shoreline, which is owned by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

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