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Challenges from Lake Ontario’s high water levels lead to frustrations for boaters

Daniell Fleig and Angelee Kenorr spent their morning getting their boat ready for a day on the lake. But getting there is more difficult these days.

“Slow. It takes like 45 minutes to get anywhere,” says Fleig.

With the high water levels, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is enforcing a 5-mile-per hour speed limit and no wake zone within 1,000 feet of the shoreline. Richard Aman has noticed the difference.

“It takes me an hour to get from the bay to the lake,” he says. “Normally, it’s a ten or fifteen minute ride.”

In June, the Sheriff’s Office issued 16 speeding tickets. Maggie Flaherty, a dock master with Southpoint Marina, says she’s seen the Marine Unit in action.

“They’re being pretty tough about it,” she says. “I’ve seen them pull someone over going, I’d say, 10 miles an hour, and they pulled them over.”

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