Letter to the Editor | Big Cedar Lake is for Everyone: Attend Meeting Tomorrow | By Bill Schellinger

July 10, 2018 – West Bend, WI – I am against the new regulations of closing boat launch facilities as outlined by Big Cedar Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Board (BCLPRB) Ordinance 2018-1, to be heard at the upcoming district meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at 4480 Gonring Drive.

As a resident of Washington County, my family and I are some of many who enjoy the recreation provided by Big Cedar Lake throughout the year. Ordinance 2018-1 would effectively privatize the lake and limit the number of similarly situated families who enjoy the lake for its many water and outdoor activities. The BCLPRB has failed to provide a reasonable basis why fast-tracking such a regulation is necessary and furthermore, how restricting public lands to a select few by closing boat launches would benefit our community, let alone protect and rehabilitate the environmental value of Big Cedar Lake.

Enacting this ordinance would deny our community the responsible enjoyment of the natural benefits Big Cedar Lake provides, as well as deprive them of the benefit for which they paid when purchasing boat launch permits, whether season-long or day pass. I am one of many who has purchased this permit annually, and I do not appreciate the BCLPRB assuming that my hard-earned dollars are less important than those of someone who may own shoreline or nearby adjacent land.

I respectfully and adamantly suggest that all Washington County residents attend the meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. and have our collective voices heard, ensuring that we all retain our rights to enjoy Big Cedar Lake.

Bill Schellinger

 

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