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Lake Lanier Islands resort adds channel markers to Sunset Cove
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Lake Lanier boaters may find a new addition to enhance their safety on the water.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort has added new channel markers in the area surrounding the Sunset Cove beaches. The red-and-green markers are designed to help boaters navigate the busy harbor.

There have been three high-profile boat accidents on the lake this summer that have caused four deaths, including the June 18 accident that took the lives of brothers Griffin and Jake Prince.

“The combined safety and enjoyment of our guests is and always will be our No. 1 concern,” Grier Todd, Lake Lanier Islands Management Co.’s chief operations officer, said in a press release.

“While Islands’ management and staff were all deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred elsewhere on Lake Lanier this summer, plans have been in the works to maximize the protection of Resort visitors ever since Sunset Cove was first conceived. We always strive to ensure a fun and safe environment here at the Islands.”

The addition of the channel markers was initially discussed in meetings between the resort’s managing company and the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority during Sunset Cove’s first year of operation.

“The markers are an effort to assist the boating public in accessing the cove in a more organized fashion, while providing improved entry to the cove by first responders in case of an emergency,” said Bill Donohue, LLIDA’s executive director.

The navigational phrase boaters can remember is “Red, Right, Returning.” Red channel markers should be kept to the right as boaters leave Sunset Cove to “return” to the main channel of the lake. Green markers should be kept to the right when entering the cove.

Working in conjunction with the Lake Lanier Association and Hall County’s Lake Lanier safety panel, plans at the resort include a boater safety promotional campaign, “designated boat driver” program featuring complimentary sodas and boater safety education program.

“We appreciate the fact that Lake Lanier Islands Resort and the LLIDA are addressing the issue of overall boating safety,” said Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver, State Boating Law Administrator for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “The more efforts made to make Lake Sidney Lanier a safe boating environment, the better.”

More information on safe boating, including the DNR’s Handbook of Georgia Boating Laws & Responsibilities and safety tips, can be found at www.goboatgeorgia.com.

Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts via email to boatsafe@lakelanierislands.com.

For more information on the resort, visit www.lakelanierislands.com.

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