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August 13, 2013

Letter: Excessive policing on city's waterways

To the editor:

This is an open letter to the city’s Waterways Board and Mayor Kirk,

Last week, I mailed a letter to the Gloucester harbormaster and to Mayor Kirk and I received nothing in return. The letter contained information about my friend of 65 years of age (with a ship pilot’s license) getting a speeding ticket on his Jet Ski in the Annisquam River.

The next day, after watching him get a ticket, I was found speeding — well, at least, up on a plane in my back yard at Wheeler Street and given the same $100 ticket.

This past weekend, I witnessed a Jet Ski rider being pulled over at the mouth of the Annisquam River in Ipswich Bay and given a ticket.

My question to the mayor and all of you board members is, why, when Gloucester has to reinvent itself since the fishing industry is barely alive, are you all allowing your civil servants to hand out tickets for speeding and not giving out warnings? Why the severe attack on boaters to ruin their boating experience in Gloucester? We all should be encouraging them to return to our seas and spend more money.

Who decided to be so acute and short-sighted in making this regulation? What can I do as a concerned citizen to repeal this rule/legislation?

I asked the boaters in the Bass River in West Dennis Beach about the speeding rules and there they do not enforce the speeding rules to the degree that our harbormaster and his marauders are doing.

You are sending out the wrong message to the right people.

Please stop giving out tickets to first-time offenders. Use the time for boating education so these people will return to our shores. How about handing out a rulebook?

Thanks in advance for considering a rule/policy change to better Gloucester waterways.

MARTIN CUTLER

Wheeler Street, Gloucester

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