A miscalculation is causing difficulty for one lake vendor at Lake Havasu State Park.
At the request of the Bureau of Land Management, the owners of the Big Orange Boat attempted to remove their craft Sunday afternoon from the Lake when the trailer collapsed under the boat’s weight. Big Orange Boat co-owner Steve Chrzanowski said the boat collapsed on the trailer and ripped the rear axle, damaging part of the boat and causing a delay in its removal from the park.
“It transferred all the weight on the two axles and came down on top of it,” Chrzanowski said. “As of right now, we have another loader coming to move it out there that way. We were taking it out because the BLM told us and it was time for its three-year maintenance.”
The BLM, in coordination with the city, removed all shoreline vendors from Rotary Park and London Bridge beaches in July 2009. The two parties are finalizing negotiations to possibly allow two shoreline vendors back to the beaches. BLM Lake Havasu Field Manager Ramone McCoy said an agreement with the city is “very close” and she expects it to be completed around Feb 1.
The organizations previously determined that the BLM has exclusive jurisdiction over the water below 450 feet. The Big Orange Boat, during operation, sits out in the middle of the Lake and therefore is the BLM’s responsibility, BLM officials said.
“We’ve been trying to get them to remove that boat for a long time, I believe since November,” McCoy said, adding that the two parties agreed to an extension for the boat’s removal. “After all the stuff we went through in November, we agreed to give them a deadline of Jan. 5, but they started making efforts, and we knew it would take a little longer.”
The Chrzanowskis and BLM officials are also in legal negotiations about two citations issued last year. McCoy said she believed the hearings for the citations have been delayed.
“I think it’s been postponed indefinitely since they did apply for a permit,” she said. “I suppose it’s still up for the courts and the attorneys to decide, though.”
The citations, request for the boat’s removal and the collapse should not prevent the Big Orange Boat from launching in March, Chrzanowski said.
“We applied for a license with the BLM in mid-November and they said it takes 120 days to process,” Chrzanowski said. “So we’re thinking we’ll still be out there in March. We’ve jumped through all of their hoops, got everything they wanted and they haven’t asked us for anything additional, so we should be out there.”
After the boat is removed from Lake Havasu State Park, Chrzanowski said it would be repaired and given maintenance and put in storage for the next few months.
“It will be there until we get our license in March, and we’ll be out there next season,” he said. “If we don’t get that license, it will be in storage longer, I guess.”
McCoy said BLM officials are working on National Environmental Policy Act requirements for all vendor applications.
“Currently we have about eight who have applied, including shoreline vendors,” McCoy said. “Best case scenario for all of it is that we will be able to issue permits in March. … We’re trying to get along with our neighbors and we’re doing the best we can to get these done as soon as possible.”
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