Lake Havasu Marine Association, President and CEO, Jim Salscheider
"John made an immediate positive impact upon his arrival at Lake Havasu State Park," said Jim Salscheider, LHMA president and CEO.
"We were upset about that and we wonder why, if it's in the interest of public safety, that this can't be moved along quicker in some way," said Marine Association Executive Director Jim Salscheider.
said approval from the Coast Guard
took roughly six weeks and the process was sped up because of public safety concerns.
"With the Coast Guard
, when we applied, they told us a commanding officer could simply note the safety concern and approve the application on the spot," Salscheider
"Despite that fact and despite the fact that the marine association is paying for them, installing them and maintaining them, the BLM
is insisting that we file for a permit for their anchors," Salscheider
wrote in an email.
didn't anticipate any of the actions taken by the BLM
following the removal of the vendors.
"All we were asking is that they (were) removed from city's beaches," he
"We had no expectation that this would lead to anything other than the vendors being removed from our beaches. … The buoy program is totally different from that.
Because it's in the interest in public safety, and it's a dozen or so objects in 2 to 4 feet of water only 100 yards from shore.
It's hard to imagine all these requirements would be necessary.
I really hope boaters aren't at risk for the six months that this takes for them to finish."
added that one of his
major concerns is safety, closely followed by the impact on tourism.
"There is nothing on record that formally says how many incidences there are near those dangerous areas, but any boater that's been on this Lake for a considerable amount of time has seen it or done it," he