13 March 2012
The Lake Norman Marine Commission rental boats subcommittee met for the first time last week, and aims to offer commissioners a formal recommendation for standardizing boat rental rules within the next three or four months. Rental-boat safety is at issue in part because of an accident on Lake Norman last June that severely injured a Charlotte woman. At the Marine Commission meeting last Sept. 12, several boat-rental company owners told the commission they support better enforcement of existing safety rules, but they were concerned new rules would hurt business. Many of those owners now are serving on the rental boat committee.