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Meeting Over Proposed Change At Lake Wheeler Heated

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A public hearing about proposed no-wake hours on Lake Wheeler brought out a turbulent crowd Monday night.

With shouts and booing, the meeting held by an advisory board of Raleigh's Parks and Recreation department was clearly on the side of keeping motor boats on the lake.

The city of Raleigh is considering a ban on large boats or enacting no-wake hours on the lake. Some people who use the lake want restrictions on wake production, which comes from how some motor boats are used on the lake.

The rowers say some boats produce waves too strong and large for safe rowing, canoeing and kayaking.

"It's not just about rowers. It's about environmentalists, it's about nature lovers, it's people who want quiet and contemplation time," said Pat Wheeler, who supports the proposal.

"I would not want to ban boats on that lake at any time," opppnent Bob Kelsey said.

Most everyone agreed boaters need, at least, to be considerate while on the lake. Those at the meeting were asked to fill out a survey and return it by July before any new rules are made.

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