Personal watercraft restrictions remain on Arcadia Lake

Members of the Edmond City Council did not consider changing the rules for personal watercraft on Arcadia Lake on Monday because advocates failed to show up for the meeting.
by Diana Baldwin Published: April 24, 2013
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— Two men who have fought for three years to ease restrictions on personal watercraft at Arcadia Lake missed this week's city council meeting, which brought discussions on the matter to a halt.

Only those who oppose allowing personal watercraft to use the lake in its entirety on weekdays attended the meeting.

Personal watercraft riders currently are confined at all times to a 75-acre area of the lake. Personal watercraft owners Tommy Hannon and Rick Marshall have asked that personal watercraft be allowed anywhere on the lake on Monday through Thursday.

Hannon and Marshall said they did not realize the meeting was Monday night.

“My mistake — I actually thought the meeting was this evening,” Hannon said Tuesday.

Hannon asked that the item appear on the next council meeting agenda. Mayor Charles Lamb said Tuesday the council might consider holding another hearing.

Craig Dishman, parks and recreation director, and the parks and recreation board recommended the change. Members of the fish and game commission voted against it.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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