Two-stroke violator gets $10,000 fine |

Two-stroke violator gets $10,000 fine

KINGS BEACH – Lake Tahoe leaders Wednesday agreed to settle the first lawsuit dealing with a ban on certain types of watercraft for $10,000.

Kevin Kramer, owner of North Shore Parasail in Kings Beach, will pay the $10,000 in monthly installments of $2,500. He was the only person to repeatedly ignore the ban on two-stroke motors, according to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

TRPA patrollers issued four written warnings to Kramer last summer. The agency filed the suit against Kramer in October 1999.

Kramer allegedly used an inflatable raft powered by a non-compliant motor to shuttle customers from the beach to his larger boat, used for parasailing.

The TRPA-imposed ban went into effect June 1, 1999.

TRPA and research officials claim older models of two-stroke engines cause more pollution than other motor types, releasing as much as a quarter of their fuel into the water unburned. The ban eliminated many of the engines powering Jet Skis and personal watercraft as well as some outboard motors used to power small boats.

Officials have said the ban helped to reduce the presence of gasoline compounds from Tahoe’s water by as much as 90 percent.

In other action at Wednesday’s board meeting:

n TRPA agreed to accept $100,000 as a settlement from a group of North Shore condominium owners.

Third Creek Condominium Development Corporation exceeded the amount of land it was allowed to cover for a 151-unit project on Northwood Boulevard in Washoe County.

Steve Chilton, chief of TRPA’s environmental compliance division, described the project as a quality development following most of TRPA’s regulations. However, after 20 years of construction, there was “incremental creep” and the complex has 21,656 square feet of land coverage exceeding TRPA’s allowed amount of 363,527 square feet.

The Third Creek Development Corporation is supposed to pay TRPA $45,000. The homeowners’ association is supposed to pay $55,000.

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