EDMOND — 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.
Four property owners in Southlake housing addition and two members of the fish and game commission spoke Monday against the change.
“If it works, don't fix it,” said Jim Roberts, fish and game commission chairman. “I am happy they have their area.”
Dishman has said there are lakes that are the same size as Arcadia in three states that don't restrict the use of personal watercraft.
John Fitch, 7351 Bayliner Launch, disagreed. He gave the council a list of lakes that do restrict personal watercraft use.
“Google safety, noise or water pollution and try to find something good,” Fitch said. “This is 180 degrees out of step with the rest of the world. If approved, it will be hard to celebrate Earth Day in Edmond.”