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Lake Gertrude residents would block public from its lake -- Can...

There are 45 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 9, 2008, titled Lake Gertrude residents would block public from its lake -- Can.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

After Lake County Commissioner Linda Stewart said last month that scenic Lake Gertrude should be open to outside canoes and kayaks, she drew a severe backlash from lakeside homeowners, who say opening the lake ...

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HKS

Ocala, FL

#42 Apr 21, 2008
Native wrote:
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So much for public lakes. Lake county residents destroyed Lake Harris and now you want them to do the same to Gertrude ? Wake up and leave the people of Lake Gertrude alone. They don't deserve all the free loaders.
Seriously, what exactly is it that you don't understand? It is the residents of Lake Gertrude that are freeloading off of the public. IT IS A PUBLIC LAKE! This really isn't that difficult of a concept to digest.
Rachel

AOL

#43 Apr 21, 2008
It's amazing to me how judgemental you can all be, when I bet a select few will show up to defend your point. What do you do, get on here to blog and bash the homeowners of Lake Gertrude, thinking that is going to get you somewhere? Is that your voice, because I don't think the commisioner is checking this blog everyday. I realize it's a public lake, but until your ready to pay for a house on this public lake, and see it, use it, live on it everyday, I don't think it's your choice on the matter. Call it snobby, arrogance, whatever please's you in your mindless blog, but at the end of the day its not the public who is going to take care of that lake, or pay for any of the damages done to it. You're right, its a beautiful lake that should be enjoyed by so many. After growing up in Mt. Dora, it would be a shame to let such a beautiful place turn into something like Lake Dora. Oh wait.. Im sure Lake Apopka had something to do with that too. Like I said, it's amazing how judgemental you are.. but in the end .. who is going to hear your voice on the matter, or do the dirty work to keep this lake clean. Not your commisioner, and not you.
Dave

Winter Garden, FL

#44 Apr 22, 2008
Resident- Mount Dora wrote:
Dave has all the answers doesn't he. He must be one of those high tax-paying Lake Gertrude residents who also has helped pay over $25,000.00 in trying to control the hydrilla someone outside brought in to the lake. We're so lucky to have DAVE!
And Hydrilla comes from where? The Motorboats and Jet skis that frequent the lake, that also are used in other waterbodies. The props and trailers used to transport the boats are the most likely culprits. Kayaks and Canoes (non-motor) present little problem, with no props and smooth surfaces that don't catch weeds. Are you suggesting we ban Motorboats from the Lake Gertrude to prevent Hydrilla from being brought in from "outside? Environmentally they are a huge determent to such a small lake through pollution, weed contamination and unregulated high wakes.

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Mount Dora

#45 Apr 23, 2008
Rachel wrote:
...I realize it's a public lake, but until your [sic] ready to pay for a house on this public lake, and see it, use it, live on it everyday, I don't think it's your choice on the matter....
Great point, Rachel! Now let's apply the same thoughtful logic to Donnelly St. It's a public road, but why on earth should it be used by anyone who "isn't ready to pay for a house" on it.

That should put a stop to of those unsightly gum wrappers the visitors keep tossing out of their car windows - Oh, wait a minute. With the roads closed, there won't be too many visitors, will there? I expect that idea would send some of these land-grabbing lobbyists into a real tizzy of delight.
Dave

Winter Garden, FL

#46 Apr 23, 2008
Rachel wrote:
It's amazing to me how judgemental you can all be, when I bet a select few will show up to defend your point. What do you do, get on here to blog and bash the homeowners of Lake Gertrude, thinking that is going to get you somewhere? Is that your voice, because I don't think the commisioner is checking this blog everyday. I realize it's a public lake, but until your ready to pay for a house on this public lake, and see it, use it, live on it everyday, I don't think it's your choice on the matter. Call it snobby, arrogance, whatever please's you in your mindless blog, but at the end of the day its not the public who is going to take care of that lake, or pay for any of the damages done to it. You're right, its a beautiful lake that should be enjoyed by so many. After growing up in Mt. Dora, it would be a shame to let such a beautiful place turn into something like Lake Dora. Oh wait.. Im sure Lake Apopka had something to do with that too. Like I said, it's amazing how judgemental you are.. but in the end .. who is going to hear your voice on the matter, or do the dirty work to keep this lake clean. Not your commisioner, and not you.
The initial source of Lake Dora's problems actually do stem from Lake Apopka. The muck-farms near Lake Apopka in Orange County were a primary pollution source that then flowed from lake to lake through the downstream Harris Chain of lakes because of the interconnections. Other Major sources of pollution in all the lakes include storm water runoff from streets and lawns which load the water with excess nutrients from fertilizers and failing septic systems. Also, oil, gasoline, antifreeze, animal feces, pesticides, and herbicides flow into the lakes with every rain or when excess water is applied to lawns. Poorly maintained natural plant buffers, now bare beaches and invasive landscape plantings, stripped of their natural restorative powers to filter nutrients and pollutants have also degraded water quality. All of this has nothing whatsoever to do with whether nonpolluting, environmentally friendly kayaks or canoes have access to any lake. As a long time kayak enthusiast, it is my experience that access to water by those that use kayaks and canoes results in a greater public appreciation and awareness which leads to increased support for solving water quality problems in our precious Florida lakes and rivers.

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