Tahoe Pier Dispute Lingers

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - Lake Tahoe land use regulators have
tentatively endorsed proposals designed to end years of controversy
over new pier construction and other shoreline activities.

But property owners and environmentalists say problems remain with proposed shoreline development rules drafted in February during discussions among the lieutenant governors of Nevada and California and other officials.

Under the proposal, the number of new, private piers allowed around the lake would be 104, down from 220, and only five could be built in a year, rather than 10.

No new piers would be allowed in fish spawning habitat until a program is initiated to restore such habitat in other areas.

In some areas, the average density of piers would change from one every 200 feet to one every 300 feet.

But some property owners say the regulations could make new pier
construction unrealistic.

Environmentalists, meanwhile say they would still post threats to the lake's ecosystem.

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