No-wake zone

A pontoon leaves the Grand Harbor Marina, heading into the channel where a no-wake zone is proposed.

IUKA — A proposal for smoother waters in the Grand Harbor area of Pickwick Lake is on the table.

A public hearing on the possible creation of a no-wake zone in the area immediately in front of Grand Harbor Marina is set for 11 a.m. Monday in the main courtroom at the Tishomingo County Courthouse. The hearing will be conducted by the Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors, who will consider the adoption of an ordinance creating the zone.

The request was made by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Vessels would be required to travel slowly through the waters to minimize the creation of waves. In an MSU Extension Service column, Associate Extension Professor Eric Sparks described these zones as like speed bumps or school zones of the water.

“Public safety is often the primary reason for these areas, which is why most no-wake zones are near boat launches, docks or residential areas,” he wrote. “While safety is the reason many of these zones are established, reducing wakes also benefits waterfront property owners and the environment.”

Waves can be a headache for owners of properties along the shore.

“The consistent hammering of boat wakes leads to erosion through wearing away at a bulkhead or washing away sediment from unprotected shorelines,” wrote Sparks.

The east and west boundaries of the proposed no-wake zone are 1,837.23 feet apart, according to a legal notice published by the Board of Supervisors.

When encountering a no-wake zone, Sparks suggests boaters “take the time to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you pass through these areas.”

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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