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New restrictions put on boaters along shoreline

Boaters will have to slow down to 5 mph within 600 feet of Lake Ontario’s New York shoreline after the governor ordered the measure to fight flood damage.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new speed limit Monday. It usually applies within 100 feet of shore.

But now flooding has affected hundreds of properties along the lake since early March, inundating basements and causing shoreline erosion in some areas.

To try to keep boat wakes from making the problem worse, some cities and towns along the lake have established their own speed limits within 500 feet of shore.

The governor says with the new state speed limit, boaters won’t have to figure out which town’s limit applies as they move along.

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