7/11/18 – Patrolling the Pond

Welcome to summer!  I believe we can do away with the micro bursts and tornadoes for the rest of the season.

Hopefully everyone on the North Shore is slowly recovering from our tornado scare.  Luckily no one was injured, but lots of dock, boat and tree damage did challenge many homeowners.

Due to this unique situation, the lake was closed that afternoon into the evening.  More than 40 plus boaters were informed of the closing and most them understood why.  This is the first time in my 32 years that the Association invoked this rule.  For the few that did not comprehend the importance of the closing I will list the following reasons:


  1. Many homeowners and contractors were trying the assess the damage;
  2. Several contractors had already begun work on the docks in the water and on shore along with trees being cut;
  3. Too many boaters were coming around to view the north shore and created wakes;
  4. Five boats were stopped for plowing; and
  5. Two boaters were stopped for skiing in that area.


I would like to share a text from one contractor……”I’m trying to work over here on the North shore and there’s idiots here.”   This was pertaining to boat traffic.

I’m sorry, but for us homeowners on Lake Lotawana, what is one day of no boating compared to all the individuals that suffered damage and trying to get their property and lives back together?  This storm probably put a damper of some individuals’ plans for the 4th of July with invited family and friends.  Let’s think of others not ourselves.

A question was raised…..”If this happens again how do we the public know if the lake is being closed?”  At this point in time, Jan posted on FaceBook and by word of mouth.  If you have a better idea contact Jan or myself.

By the time this is posted, the 4th of July will be over.  Hopefully I will be able to share good news of the great fireworks show and everyone on the Pond had an outstanding time with friends and family.

Our next BIG BIG holiday will be Lotawana Day on July 20th and 21st.   Friday night will be the Lighted Boat Parade which begins at 8:00 PM at the Marina Grog and Galley.  The decorated boats will circle the entire lake and will return to the Grog to finish the event.  Saturday, the 21st, the events begin at 5:30 AM with the Bass Tournament and will conclude at 11:00 PM with live music at T-19.  This is an action-packed day with the highlight being the Lake Lotawana Ski Club Show at 1:00 PM.  Many of our lake kiddos will be participating.

Be safe and See YA!