Free Boat Inspections; City Approves Sale of Property; Lane County Tallies Click It Or Ticket

Free Boat Inspections

The Lane County Sheriff’s Department, Marine Division, will be offering a boating safety check in the month of June.  Sunday June 17th from noon until 2 at the bi-mart location in Florence the sheriff’s department will be checking boats to make sure that recreational boaters are ready for the waters this summer.  Deputy Charles Douglass with Lane County sheriff’s says there are two required documents that boaters must have.

201: “They’re required to have only two document on board which would be the certificate of numbers which is essentially the registration and their boater education card if they have a vessel that is 10 horsepower or greater.”

Deputy Arik Schefeld says the safety aspect comes down to the basics.

202:  “Having your life preserver on, actually wearing it while you are using it, especially on our rivers.”

Douglass and Schefeld both say that having the right equipment is not enough.  But making sure that it is in good repair and that you are familiar with it when an emergency arises is essential.

203: “If I’m going to end up in the water something has already gone wrong and that’s not the moment where I want to figure that out, I now have other things to work on.”

The safety checks are free.  The date again is June 17th from noon til 2 pm at the Florence Bi-Mart.

City Approves Sale of Property

The Florence City Council has approved the potential sale of the old Senior Center property to NEDCO to develop 12 affordable housing units.  The Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation along with the Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services have proposed an affordable housing complex at the property at 1424 Airport Road.  The council will now proceed with a public hearing at the June 18th council meeting.  Mayor Joe Henry believes that this could be the first successful movement toward the affordable housing crisis in Florence.

Lane County Tallies Click It Or Ticket

The Lane County Sheriff’s department also issued a release regarding their increased enforcement during the 111th Rhododendron festival. Tickets issued were 1 Driving While Suspended citation, 15 Speeding citations, 8 Seat Belt citations, and 6 Other miscellaneous moving violation citations.  The Sheriff’s office increased patrols were funded by the ‘click it or ticket’ campaign