Norwell: Harbormaster proposes citations for errant boaters

Norwell selectmen questioned the town’s Harbormaster Wednesday night, about his proposal to give out tickets to speeding boaters under the same fee structure as Scituate.

Norwell Board of Selectmen got right into the issue with Harbormaster Ron Mott, just before he presented his fiscal 2013 budget requests.

Mott had previously wrote to the board, requesting that they approve a ticket fee structure taken right from Scituate, for unregistered boats and intoxicated or speeding boaters on the North River.

Mott said, “I have a lot of people that go a little bit too fast, leave a little bit too big of a wake and don’t pay attention to what they’re doing. When I do safety inspections and stops, I find people don’t have their registration, or the boat’s not numbered correctly, or they’re missing safety equipment that they should have. All of that is covered under the Chapter 90 B laws and if we don’t have those powers, I mean, you just can’t do your job!”

However, Selectmen Chairman John Marino doesn’t really think it’s a very good idea, to ticket boaters in Norwell.

 Mariano said, “You know I think we can do it through education, I think you can do it through stopping people and say, ‘Hey, slow down.’ You know, I just don’t think we should be giving out tickets on the North River!”

The board said they would meet with the Harbormaster again, to further discuss the proposal.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.