Irondequoit resident Ben Mac an Tuile says this was a growing issue, boats anchoring right off their property for loud parties. "I respect their rights," he says. "But I would also like them to respect mine and it wasn't happening." The Irondequoit Town Board hopes a new boating ordinance will change that. Effective immediately, all boats must be at least 300 feet off shore to drop anchor. The new regulation covers the Lake Ontario shoreline from the Irondequoit Bay Outlet pier west to the east property line of 186 Bluff Road. The board was split over what to do. The ordinance passed by a vote of 3-2. "To congregate and party every single weekend seems to me to be beyond the scope of what's intended for public property," says Stephanie Aldersley, Irondequoit councilwoman.
The ordinance will apply to everyone, including the waterfront homeowners. Some feel that lumps the good in with the bad. Irondequoit councilman Paul Marasco says, "I do believe everyone has a right to reasonable access and use of public lands, water and air, reasonable use, and I believe that those who aren't reasonable in its use should face justice accordingly." Unhappy boaters question how the new law will be enforced. "If they can't enforce current laws, how are they going to enforce new ones?" says Todd Fuller. "And they're not going to. I'll be in front of Marge's 10 days from now." Many sought compromise but ran aground on this hot button issue.