Stray dock finds a home
The stray horseshoe shaped dock that drifted ashore near the Tahoe Keys Marina has found it way to the dump.
Tahoe Keys resident Bill Ottman spotted the dock which was 25 by 12 feet floating near the entrance to the Keys Marina in late May. A few days later it drifted onto the beach just east of the marina entrance and Ottman notified a number of environmental and civil agencies.
The beach where the dock came to rest is on California Tahoe Conservancy land. The Conservancy secured the dock to make sure it did not float back out into the lake. They later removed it because it posed a potential danger to recreators in the area.
“We really appreciate everyone focusing on this navigational hazard,” said Rick Robinson, Conservancy wildlife program coordinator. “The Conservancy took the necessary action to secure the dock and get it out of there. It drifted on our beach, and we tied it up so it wouldn’t float any farther.”
The Conservancy ran two notices in the Tahoe Tribune at the advice of local law enforcement agencies to inform the public that the dock was on their land and to give the owner the opportunity to claim it. After no one claimed it, Conservancy officials decided the condition of the dock had deteriorated to the point where it would be of little use to the owner. The Conservancy decided to dismantle the dock and take it to South Tahoe Refuse Company, Inc.
“Our maintenance crew went over and dismantled it and then it was loaded into a dump trailer and we took it to the dump,” Said Shawn Butler, Conservancy program coordinator for resource management. “We did issue a legal notice which the South Lake Tahoe Police suggested we do, but what happened was that the thing was in such disrepair it was falling apart into the lake.”
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