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May River Dock Owners Plan to Save Lives By Creating 'No Wake' Zone

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Some dock owners along the May River in Bluffton say an accident is just waiting to happen in their back yard. That's because their back yard hosts hundreds of boaters per week, according to Larry Toomer.

Toomer's section of the May River beside his business, Bluffton Oyster Company, has two public landings. However, this area is not a 'no wake' zone.

"Unfortunately, with the amount of people we have using the waterways now, they really don't understand that you can cause damage when you're throwing three and four feet wake that you can cause damage to other people," Toomer says.

He says the river has became especially busy with the growing population of Bluffton, particularly on the weekend when people use the boat landing to  do things like jet ski, canoe, and kayak. But the traffic brings larger boats with larger wake, too.

"You know every year I see more and more traffic and more and more incidences where it's a just a miracle that people have been hurt or killed by large boats throwing the big wakes crashing in on the small ones," Toomer says.

In order to combat what he calls a hazard, he and some neighbors are petitioning the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to make the area a 'no wake' zone.   

"It's just a common sense thing, it's way past time to do it," he says. "A lot of times boats will put in here, jet skis and others, and they're going 50 mph before they are out of a rock throwing distance."

However, S.C. D.N.R. says the best way to make this change is to send the petition to their state representative. They say only when it becomes a law, can D.N.R. enforce a 'no wake' zone.



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