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Boating community backs Minnesota wakesurfing setback bill

Industry News | March 12, 2020 | By:

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives (HF 3770) and State Senate (SF 3624) to establish a 200-foot setback from shoreline and structures for all wakesurfing activities in Minnesota. Representatives from the recreational boating community support the legislation because it is “clear, consistent, and effective”:

Clear: 200 feet is the length of a hockey rink and is easily identifiable to boaters and enforcement officers on the water.

Consistent: The proposed legislation is consistent with existing PWC statutes and will ensure equal expectations for all enjoying Minnesota’s waterways.

Effective: A leading wake scientist determined that a 200-foot setback prevents wakes from having a consequential impact on shorelines and structures.

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