The City of Kirkland is hosting an informational meeting on Thursday May 3rd from 6:30-8pm in the Peter Kirk Room at City Hall to hear residents and boaters concerns about boat noise. About a month ago, the city was looking into passing some amendments to Title 14, which was created in 1960, and does not have provisions for excessive watercraft noise. There was a large public attendance of passionate boaters and waterfront homeowners at that city council meeting, raising the awareness of how many citizens would like to provide input on the issue. The amendments were trying to eliminate rafting boats together (do they have any idea how much fuel costs right now?). So, City Council decided to do some more researching and public feedback, while still hoping to make changes before the summer months arrive.
So, if you care...get there. A mailer went out this week from the Juanita Bay Neighborhood Association, encouraging people to view this video and stand up for their peace and quiet. There needs to be a balance- I loved Amy Walen's analogy to "Footloose" at the last meeting-they didn't realize we 'just want to dance.' As a Kirkland boater and Juanita Bay resident, I hope there is thoughtful measure put into the differences between lake fun and lake nuisance. I am a responsible boater and still like to laugh loud, listen to music and tie up with other boats. At our home I consider it a privilege to hear the boat sounds and lake fun in the background of everyday life. Until they're blasting music at 2am. Then it's a nuisance. ;)
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