CORNELIUS The Lake Norman Marine Commission unanimously backed a revised N.C. House bill on Thursday that would give first-time powers for Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville and Troutman to enforce their noise ordinances on the lake.
The commission had opposed the bill in its original form, which gave the towns authority to enforce all of their ordinances 2,500 feet from shore. But commission members said legislators adjusted the bill to allow only the enforcement of town noise ordinances on the water. Problems with noise from late-night partiers on Lake Norman are specific to Cornelius, marine commissioners said at a special meeting at Cornelius Town Hall.
The five-member panel qualified its endorsement of the bill by asking the House and Senate to exempt boat-engine noise from the measure and eliminate the “2,500 feet” requirement. Commissioners said it would be impossible for law officers to know exactly where 2,500 from shore ends from one spot on the lake to the next.
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