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Sinking houseboats causing commotion on Lake Lanier
Corps pushing property owner to clean up 3 boats near Laurel Park
Three houseboats, a runabout and a pontoon boat are all either grounded or sinking around a Lake Lanier dock across from Laurel Park. - photo by Tom Reed

A Lake Lanier property owner is under pressure by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean up three sinking houseboats in the water across from North Hall’s Laurel Park.

“We’re trying to do something, but we don’t know what we can do,” said Ann G. Krummel, a Stone Mountain resident who owns the 0.62-acre lot off Mandalay Road off Clarks Bridge Road in Gainesville.

“I’ve talked to everybody I could up there and nobody seems to know what to do.”

The corps, which routinely deals with shoreline issues, has hit a wall on the matter, as well. A June 4 hearing has been set in U.S. Magistrate Court in Gainesville, a court official said Monday.

“We’re hoping we’ll get some legal advice on it,” Ranger Jack Taylor said. “It’s a head scratcher why we can’t handle a simple problem like this. It’ll probably end up back on our plate here, and we’ll try to do something about it then ... or hire a contractor or something.

“But we have to try all avenues to get the (property owner) to do it first.”

Taylor added that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Georgia Environmental Protection Division have been notified, but “they cannot help us since there was and is no (gas) spill.”

Krummel traced the problems back to a strong storm last summer.

“One boat went down and then the other one went down,” she said.

“ ... And then, somebody put two holes in my other boat. It’s just been hell for me.”

She said she wasn’t aware of the court hearing.

“I know we’ve got three boats we need to get rid of,” Krummel said.

The boats lie off the main channel leading to Laurel Park, where the American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7 in Gainesville holds its annual July Fourth fireworks display.

“I get a lot of calls on it,” Taylor said. “It’s quite a thorn.”

Krummel’s neighbor, Nick Margaritondo, speaking from his lake property Monday morning, said, “All the boats, when they come this way, come by to look at this thing. (Sunday), you would not believe the people coming by.
“We need to get rid of that and I don’t know how and what they’re going to do.”

Margaritondo confirmed Krummel’s account of the storm.

“They were in the water, and the wind just took them back around that way,” he said, pointing at the vessels. “Then, that first one started to sink and as the water came up, they all started to sink.”

Krummel lamented over the lingering situation.

“I hate it too. I hate it as much as anybody else does,” she said.

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