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Buoy owners reminded of Oct. 15 deadline

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Orange notice tags will begin showing up on buoys around Lake Tahoe over the next four weeks as part of an effort by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to get the word out that a permitting and registration deadline is approaching for all Lake Tahoe moorings such as buoys and boatlifts.

TRPA’s Watercraft Enforcement Team started attaching the notices to buoys and other moorings this week. Buoy and mooring owners have until Oct. 15 to begin the permitting and registration process, required under the Agency’s shorezone ordinances. Those who fail to meet the deadline risk penalties that could include buoy removal. The orange tags now being attached to buoys are a follow-up notification to buoy owners of the Oct. 15 deadline. Two notifications were mailed to lakefront property owners, one last November and one this July.

“We are here to help walk buoy owners through the process, and customers who contact us have been impressed with what we are doing to assist them,” TRPA spokesman Jeff Cowen said.

The buoy permit application process was modified in July, removing the need in most cases for site surveying. Additionally, permitting and registration may be completed over-the-counter, and applicants with minimum requirements are usually issued TRPA registration tags the same day. Latitude and longitude coordinates for buoys are one requirement of the application, which TRPA customer service staff can help property owners gather.

“Most important right now is for buoy owners to not delay or ignore the notice,” Cowen said. “What we don’t want is for legitimate buoy owners to potentially lose their moorings because they didn’t meet the deadline.”

Owners of buoys and other moorings such as boatlifts and boathouses can access electronic forms at http://www.trpa.org and may submit the appropriate forms by mail or in person at the TRPA office at 128 Market St. in Stateline. For additional information, call Dennis Oliver at (775) 589-5235 or e-mail doliver@trpa.org.