A long-time eyesore along one of the most visible sections of Lake Norman is no more, thanks to the work of volunteers from the Lake Norman Ski Club.An abandoned water-ski jump ramp and floating swim platform in Lake Davidson, visible to those traveling north from Charlotte along Interstate 77, was recently torn down and hauled to a nearby dump by Ski Club members.“I had planned to get it done a little bit earlier,” Lake Norman Ski Club president Jeff Cochrane told commissioners of the Lake Norman Marine Commission during its Sept. 9 meeting. “Due to some roadblocks that we hit, it took us a little bit longer. But I’m happy to say that all of that junk is now gone.“One of our members had a famous quote: ‘Nothing says “Welcome to Iredell County” like a dilapidated jump ramp.’ But that’s no longer there, and I think the area looks a whole lot nicer.”The movement to get rid of the old ski ramp and swim platform – which had been in Lake Davidson since the mid-1970s but had not been used in nearly three decades – actually had two parties involved: Duke Energy, which has been involved in a yearlong program to document and take care of structures on the shores of Lake Norman that had been abandoned or in need of repair; and the Ski Club, which had been working with Duke Energy and the Marine Commission to document and permit the four slalom ski courses the club had installed and operated on the lake over the years.“We had several problems that we ran up against,” Cochrane said. “One of those was getting permission from the owners of the structures for us to remove them.“But I’ve got to thank Joe (Kluttz of Duke Energy’s lake services division), because it took a phone call from him, and all of a sudden, everyone was singing a different song and gave me permission in record time.”In other business before the Lake Norman Marine Commission:• Rich Permenter worked his last meeting as chairman of the Marine Commission and was presented a plaque of appreciation for his five years of service on the commission by former chairman and current executive director Ron Shoultz.“You’ve all been good partners,” Permenter told the other commissioners. “Your commitment to the lake is there, and it’s obvious. The lake is a better place. We all came to a common understanding about what this is all about – protecting the boating public.“Fundamentally, everything stems from the fact that we’re going to insist on keeping the lake open for every legal and safe use. That’s a common thread, and it’s because of these people here and you people who assist them. It’s been a pleasure.”• Ron Stehle, Mecklenburg County’s representative and the longest-tenured member of the commission, was picked as the new chairman in a unanimous vote.Commission representatives serve five-year terms, and traditionally the fifth year of the term is served as the Marine Commission’s chairman. Stehle has been on the commission four years and was its vice chairman this year.John Marino, Catawba County’s Marine Commission representative, was named vice chairman, and Iredell County representative Mark Lancaster was named treasurer. All three will assume their new positions Oct. 1.• Dave Caldwell of Mecklenburg County Water Quality reported that, despite all the rain and the resulting washoff from creeks and streams, bacteria and nutrient levels in Lake Norman were at or below safe target levels. However, Caldwell said, those same levels “were a little high” in Lake Davidson and Lake Cornelius.• Permenter, filling in for Aids to Navigation committee co-chair Gus Gustafson, reported that a number of the lake’s navigation and safety markers were in need of repair. Among them were three channel navigation markers that had broken lights; as did two shoal markers and two bridge markers. In addition, Permenter said, one of the bridge marker buoys on the north side of the N.C. 150 bridge, on the northern end of Lake Norman, had moved from its preferred position.• The next meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission will be 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville.Sailing SceneThe Lake Norman Yacht Club will play host to the 2013 Southeast Sunfish Regional Regatta for Sunfish-class sailboats on Sept. 28-29.The regional regatta is a qualifying event for the International Sunfish Class Association 2014 World Championships.The entry fee is $40 for adult competitors and $25 for juniors, with an additional $10 late fee for all entries received after Sept. 21.Registration forms are available online at www.lnyc.org. Entries and payment should be mailed to 107 Muses Court, Cary, N.C. 27513. For more information, call 919-467-1096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.• Registration is open for the 2013 “Mustache” Board Bash – a regatta for board-type sailboats such as Lasers, Sunfish and Optis – scheduled for Sept. 20-22 at the Lake Norman Yacht Club.For more information, email email@example.com or maito:firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, go to www.regattanetwork.com/event/7110 or www.lnyc.org.• The Lake Norman Yacht Club’s annual “Old Salty” regatta and the club’s Hewson Championship – awarded to the club champion – have been scheduled for Oct. 5-6. More details will be made available at the yacht club’s website at www.lnyc.org.Upcoming events• The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists will hold their annual Wildlife Oyster and Shrimp Fest on Sept. 21 at Long Island Marina (8400 Long Island Road, Catawba) on the northern end of Lake Norman. The dinner menu will be provided by Big Daddy’s Restaurant, and a bus will be available for the first 45 people from the Cornelius-Davidson-Huntersville area to buy tickets to the event. For more information or to buy tickets, email email@example.com.• A boating safety class will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Station at Midway Marina (8693 N.C 150, Terrell). The cost is $45 per person. For more information or to register for a class, call 704-528-4594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013
Eyesore on lake near I-77 cleaned up
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