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Letter: Time to revisit ‘no wake’ zone

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

As a full-time resident of Mathews County (specifically Horn Harbor), I along with other residents have asked the board of supervisors for a “no wake” zone in the harbor. The BOS has received numerous letters from concerned citizens.

Then COVID-19 struck.

We all understand there were “bigger fish to fry.” It is time to revisit the problem, not only for here but all of Mathews. In Horn Harbor, we have motor yachts that think they are speed boats coming in here pulling 3 to 4 foot seas behind them, boats pulling tubes and PWC racing at 60 mph in and out of the harbor.

Now let’s for a minute not only think about the safety factor. Here is what is doing to our harbor and waterways as boats are getting bigger and faster. The waterways here in Mathews are what is considered “blackwater.” The York and Rappahannock rivers, among others, are considered “red rivers.” In other words, they start above the “fall line.”

Take the York River, for example. It’s ...

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