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Beauregard police jurors discuss changes to lake ordinance

DERIDDER -- Beauregard Parish police jurors are eyeing the parish's ordinance that governs Bundick Lake and they may make some changes.

The panel's Legislative Committee met Tuesday and said some parts of the ordinance are "antiquated."

There was discussion only.

No action was taken.

The ordinance was drafted by the Bundick Lake Fish and Game Commission around the time the lake was built, more than 50 years ago.

The panel was abolished in 1984, and was briefly reestablished in the 1990s, but is inactive.

The 1,750-acre Bundick Lake is located off La. 394, in the eastern part of Beauregard Parish.

Among the issues discussed were wake zones.

Dale Sharp, special operations commander with the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, said the current ordinance should cover any enforcement necessary on wake zone violations.

Police jurors did agree to place signs in some of the lake's canals, alerting boaters of restrictions. Boat lanes are also being remarked, in a separate project.

Police Juror Ronnie Libick, who represents District 5, said he has received complaints from residents in the Clark's Landing area regarding the zones.

Libick also said he's also received complaints from residents who say abandoned camps are being broken into. The most recent complaint came from a resident in the Vincent Lane area.

Police jurors said their current ordinance does not mandate cleanup. Police juror Gerald McLeod, who chairs the committee, said an option would be to try to contact property owners and ask them to do the necessary cleanups.

Sharp said there will be stepped up patrols on parish lakes, including Bundick.

"The sheriff is wanting us to be on the lake more, be it the Sabine River or Bundick Lake," he said.

Sharp said the intent is not to write tickets, but to be a safety presence on the water.

"We want everyone to enjoy the lake," he said.
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