Re: “Area residents raise concerns about Hotel Lake dock project,” May 28.
Hotel Lake desperately needs at least one public dock for safer access and to launch rowboats. And if this suggested dock is approved, I really hope it will be open to all of the public.
Currently it is very dangerous to swim in Hotel Lake when accessing it from the busy Irvines Landing Road or the Hotel Lake Road as both roads lack shoulders. I am, in fact, surprised we haven’t had any serious accidents involving children swimming from both of those roads. I have often seen children on the roads playing when some fast, aggressive vehicles pass by them dangerously close during the summer season. A safe public facility for this lake community is long overdue.
However, I believe this new proposed dock and the trail to the dock area should have proper facilities such as an outhouse. It may need some fences and a gate, rules and some sort of monitoring system in place to ensure it is used with utmost respect for the environment and for the residents on Hotel Lake.
Hotel Lake is a public resource and I believe it should not be only exclusive to those who own lakefront properties, businesses or non-profit organizations. People should be able to access it safely through the public land and it should be shared and enjoyed by everyone in this community, as well as the rest of the public, and treated with much respect and love.
Motoko Baum, Garden Bay