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  • Public comment sought on 'Slow No Wake' definition

  • The Oregon State Marine Board is taking public comment on its proposed new definition for no-wake zones.
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  • The Oregon State Marine Board is taking public comment on its proposed new definition for no-wake zones.
    The agency's policy analysts have recommended that all "Slow No Wake" designations be replaced with the wording "Slow No Wake, maximum 5 mph."
    The Marine Board will hold a public meeting on the proposed change at 6 p.m. March 24 at its offices in Salem.
    Written comments will be accepted through March 31. They can be submitted by email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by conventional mail to June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056.
    Telephone comments will not be accepted.
    The idea for a new definition of wake and its application to Slow No Wake zones came after a Clackamas County judge threw out a citation for violating a no-wake zone last summer after the defendant argued that there was no clear definition of wakes in statute.
    The current rule states that no person shall operate a boat on the no-wake zone faster than 5 mph within 200 feet of a boat launch, marina with a capacity of at least six boats, floating homes and other areas.
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