Tahoe law enforcement to regulate boat trailer parking
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Law enforcement are cracking down on people using Lake Forest Road to leave their boat trailers when launching at the Lake Forest Boat Ramp.
As of Thursday, Placer County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol personnel will start ticketing the illegally-parked trailers sitting on county right-of-way on Lake Forest Road west of the boat launch entrance if they are blocking traffic.
Capt. Jeff Granum said a 72-hour notice will first be posted on all trailers parked on the roadside, and if owners don’t remove them during the window, they will be towed.
and#8220;You can’t store the stuff there,and#8221; Granum said. and#8220;It’s one thing when you leave them for an hour or so, or a day, but when they are there day after day, and some are blocking traffic, it’s a problem.and#8221;
Officials with the Tahoe City Public Utility District gave law enforcement a heads up on the problem, Granum said.
and#8220;This summer we’ve noticed some of the trailers have been there for several weeks now,and#8221; said Cindy Gustafson, TCPUD general manager. and#8220;Given the storage we have at the site, we just can’t have people storing their trailers there long term. It isn’t as if this is just a daily use type of situation.and#8221;
Bob Bolton, director of the district’s Parks and Recreation department, said it’s the first time he’s ever noticed boat owners leaving the trailers for an extended period of time.
Granum surmised the reason for leaving the trailers may have to do with launching fees at the boat ramp and a lack of area parking.
At 5 a.m. Friday the Tahoe City Public Utility District will begin to charge a boat launch fee of $10 at the Lake Forest Boat Launch. The fee is set to replace a parking charge of the same amount. Starting Friday parking will operate on a first come, first serve basis.
The fee recently was approved by the California Wildlife Conservation board.
Summer and annual parking passes purchased from the PUD will be honored as launch passes effective immediately. The launch fee is a separate fee on top of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency boat inspection fees.
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