Dear OurMidland.ca Editor,
We would like to provide our concerns with respect to the final decision being made for a 2 day watercross event on Little Lake. As residents along Little Lake, we believe this event causes a disruption to our daily peaceful enjoyment of the lake. We do not believe it is in the best interest for our Town or the environment. Why would we not be hosting a rowing club event, or kayaking/canoe type of event.
The foul smell of the fumes which comes from these motors. (As I walked along the park last summer during this event, the smell from these motors was disgusting. How can this be allowed? Definitely not the type of event for Little Lake, perhaps Georgian Bay where there is more water area and not so closed in.)
The extremely loud noise from the motors on the lake echoes into the Town and all around the lake. Not everyone enjoys this type of activity.
The wildlife around us is disrupted.
As well, this type of event provides newcomers to Midland and residents of Midland a false and confusing understanding of allowing all sizes of boat motors to use the lake. There is a strict bylaw which allows for up to a 9.9 HP motor to be used on the lake. We have seen boats on the lake with much larger motors than the 9.9 HP allowance and this has not been monitored. It is a huge disappointment when an exemption can be provided particularly on this small lake for such an extremely loud and foul-smelling event.
We would like to see public opinion on this type of event. Has anything been scheduled to allow for this?
We intend to provide a petition to not allow such an event. May we please be provided with a deadline as to when this petition could be submitted prior to any decision being made.
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Where do you stand on Midland hosting this event in Midland for 2016? A short video clip has been posted below that will explain more about this event. Feel free to weigh in on the comment section below.