COLUMBUS—State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Township) today applauded an announcement made by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) that 24 Ohio communities would receive grant money to support local marine patrol units.
In Lake County, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will receive $29,142.86 to promote safe waterways and enhance recreational boating. Provided by the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft, the funds will help law enforcement agencies patrol waterways routinely, purchase safety equipment, and respond to emergency boat-related incidents.
“With Lake County’s huge recreational fishing fleet, safety becomes a serious consideration,” said Rep. Young. “I am thankful that ODNR recognizes Lake County’s special needs in the recreational boating arena.”
Ohio currently ranks eighth in the nation in recreational boat registrations, a number that has grown almost 82,000 in the past three years.