Is an updated map of Lake Norman on the horizon? That could happen, if things go the way the Lake Norman Marine Commission envisions.The subject arose during the July 15 commission meeting in Mooresville, after commissioners were presented a package of data compiled by the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron.The squadron has for the past several month conducted a survey of Lake Norman’s navigational and hazard markers, noting the position of each by the use of Global Positioning Satellite data.That information could be used to update maps of Lake Norman, especially ones sold to the public – a long-time income source for the commission.“We’re studying whether we’ve got enough money,” commission assistant director Bob Elliott said. “We’ve gone through two or three revisions of the charts, and sold them through various outfits.”Elliott said commission officials have been in touch with Kingfisher Maps of Clemson, S.C., which has produced and marketed maps of Lake Norman and the region. That data could also be used for larger maps, such as the wall maps produced and sold by Quality Maps of Huntersville.“We’re going to shop it around a little bit,” Elliott said. “The main thing is finding someone who will market it for us. The issue is mainly the upfront costs.” Those design and printing costs are expected to be around $6,500, he said. In other business:• Commissioners gave their blessing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to an application by the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department for a shoreline stabilization project at Cornelius’ Jetton Park, one of three lakeside parks in Mecklenburg County.County parks officials have applied to FERC to add riprap – usually rocks or man-made concrete devices placed over fiberglass matting – to the shoreline at Jetton Park. Approval by the commission is part of the overall application process.“There’s about 1,000 feet of eroding shoreline (at Jetton Park) that they want to stabilize,” Elliott said.Commissioners also deferred making a decision on a similar FERC application by residents of the Pinnacle Shores lakeside community outside of Mooresville until its August meeting because a representative of the community was not available to attend the July hearing.The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville.LNYC at championshipsA team from the Lake Norman Yacht Club claimed a division title while another finished second in its division during the Flying Scot Sailing Association’s North American Championships, July 13-19 on Lake Norman.LNYC member Edie Sullivan skippered the winning boat in the women’s division, winning three consecutive races and finishing third in the final event. Sullivan’s boat was crewed by LNYC members Wendy Diard and Heidi Gough.Sullivan’s crew beat out the team of Morgan Iriel, Kenzie Currie and Karen Rue of the Lake Murray (S.C.) Sailing Club. Another LNYC team – Liz Elden and Chris Kicinski – came in third.Kicinski was also a member of the LNYC team that finished second in the Challenger division, teaming with skipper Don Smith. They finished second in three of the five races and posted finishes of sixth and seventh place in the others to finish behind Greg and Diane Kampf of the Massapoag Yacht Club of Sharon, Mass.Other top finishers from the Lake Norman Yacht Club were:• The team of Mark and Max Thompson finished fourth in the juniors division, posting finishes of sixth, third and fourth in the three races. The division title was won by brothers Greiner and Robert Hobbs of the Davis Island Yacht Club of Tampa, Fla.• Max Thompson also crewed with skipper Steve Shaw to an eighth-place finish in the Championship division. They had four top-10 finishes in five races, with a best finish of seventh place in the final race. Jeff and Amy Linton of the Davis Island Yacht Club won the division title, winning two races and finishing no worse than seventh in three others.Sailing sceneThe Lake Norman Yacht Club will host its second national championship regatta of the – the Jet-14 Nationals – set for Aug. 7-10. Championships will be decided in three divisions during the four-day regatta, with the women’s and juniors divisions racing Aug. 7 and the National Championship division racing Aug. 8-10. For information, visit the Jet 14 Association website at www.jet14.com, or call 704-574-0598 or 828-779-9088. • The LNYC will hold its annual Labor Day Regatta on Aug. 31-Sept. 1. For entry information, visit the club’s website: www.lnyc.org.Boating safety classes• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17, Lake Norman Volunteer Fire Department, 1518 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. Cost: $45 per person, $25 for each additional family member. Registration is required. www.usps.org/lakenorman.• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24, Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius. Cost: $45 per person. For information or to register for a class, call 704-528-4594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.cgaux.org.• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Station, Midway Marina, 8693 N.C. 150, Terrell. Cost: $45 per person. For information or to register for a class, call 704-528-4594 or email email@example.com. www.cgaux.org.Kiser: 704-895-3662; Twitter: @BKiser_CLTObs
Monday, Jul. 29, 2013
Lake commission eyes updated maps
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