Midland Daily News — Locals, legislators take issue with motorized boating

Dan Chalk |chalk@mdn.net | Posted <a href=”http://&lt;!– wp:heading –> <h2><strong><a href=”https://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Gov-Whitmer-extends-stay-at-home-order-to-May-15224043.php?fbclid=IwAR24GVCVguHksQyRHoF2Nl7y0e5pgTXYala9i9O2k2uEQh6WotAp1cIL4k8″>MDN </a>– Gov. Whitmer extends ‘stay-at-home’ order to May 15, eases some restrictions</strong></h2> <!– /wp:heading –> <!– wp:paragraph –> <p>Victoria Ritter | vritter@mdn.net | Posted April 24, 2020</p> <!– /wp:paragraph –> <!– wp:paragraph –> <p>In reaction to Whitmer’s executive order on Friday, state Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, stated: “Thankfully, the governor reversed herself and lifted the unnecessary restrictions on human activity she imposed two weeks ago, the most restrictive in the nation, and moved back towards a ‘safe science, common sense’ approach to protecting Michiganders’ health while also protecting families from permanently losing their homes, jobs, or businesses.”</p> <!– /wp:paragraph –> <!– wp:paragraph –> <p>”Michiganders can once again use a boat with a motor. They can buy gardening supplies at Meijer or Walmart. And they can buy anything they want again from stores that provide curbside pickup,” she added. “All of those are a first step back in the right direction, and we’ll continue pushing to let more businesses and employees who can safely do so get back to work.”<video width=”700″ height=”393″ preload=”auto”></video></p> <!– /wp:paragraph –>” data-type=”URL” data-id=”<!– wp:heading –> <h2><strong><a href=”https://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Gov-Whitmer-extends-stay-at-home-order-to-May-15224043.php?fbclid=IwAR24GVCVguHksQyRHoF2Nl7y0e5pgTXYala9i9O2k2uEQh6WotAp1cIL4k8″>MDN </a>– Gov. Whitmer extends ‘stay-at-home’ order to May 15, eases some restrictions</strong></h2> <!– /wp:heading –> <!– wp:paragraph –> <p>Victoria Ritter | vritter@mdn.net | Posted April 24, 2020</p> <!– /wp:paragraph –> <!– wp:paragraph –> <p>In reaction to Whitmer’s executive order on Friday, state Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, stated: “Thankfully, the governor reversed herself and lifted the unnecessary restrictions on human activity she imposed two weeks ago, the most restrictive in the nation, and moved back towards a ‘safe science, common sense’ approach to protecting Michiganders’ health while also protecting families from permanently losing their homes, jobs, or businesses.”</p> <!– /wp:paragraph –> <!– wp:paragraph –> <p>”Michiganders can once again use a boat with a motor. They can buy gardening supplies at Meijer or Walmart. And they can buy anything they want again from stores that provide curbside pickup,” she added. “All of those are a first step back in the right direction, and we’ll continue pushing to let more businesses and employees who can safely do so get back to work.”<video width=”700″ height=”393″ preload=”auto”></video></p> Apr 21, 2020

State legislators weigh in

Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, said that he has received “literally hundreds of emails” from constituents who are upset with the ban.

“They don’t understand the difference (in terms of spreading the coronavirus) when you have a boat on the water, whether it is motorized or not,” Stamas told the Daily News.

“Having the ability to go fishing, or even just take a boat ride, seems to be a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in Michigan,” he continued.

Stamas said he had not heard from any constituents expressing support specifically for the motorboating ban.

“I’ve gotten emails (expressing support for) the governor, but not specifically for the ban on motorboating,” he said.

Stamas said his own stance on the ban is that “common sense” needs to be used when deciding which outdoor activities should be allowed in order to best curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“I think we have to apply common sense across the board,” he said. “I’m not sure how motorboating poses a direct threat (in terms of spreading the virus). For people that have the good fortune to be able to enjoy the water, fishing is always a good way to pass the time in a constructive manner.”

Michigan Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, also said that locals have expressed to her their displeasure with the motorboating ban, and she agrees with them.

“I’ve received emails and calls from constituents objecting to the ban on motor boats,” Glenn said in an email. “They question whether the governor has the authority to enforce it and find her rationale confusing. Why can they use a rowboat or canoe but not a motorboat? Some live on Sanford Lake and have their own docks and boats that already have a full tank of gas.

“This ban is another example of why one-size-fits-all rules for our entire state don’t make sense,” Glenn continued. “No constituent has contacted me in support of banning motor boats.”…(read more).

Leave a Reply