Memorial Day weekend – a time that marks the unofficial beginning of a flurry of summer actiities and a time to honor all of those who have sacrificed in the service of our county.
Leelanau County’s official Memorial Day service will be held Monday at 9:30 am at the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza on Government Drive. County Commissioner Richard A. Schmuckal, a former sergeant in the U.S. Army, will be emcee and former Army captain and Vietnam combat veteran Dave Alguire of Leelanau County, a member of the Eagletown American Legion Post No. 120 of Peshawbestown, will be the keynote speaker. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7731 of Lake Leelanau and Eagletown post members will provide a color guard and honor guard for the ceremony.
If you are out on the water enjoying our lakes or streams, put safety first. IT’S THE LAW!
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
◆ All vessels must be equipped with a personal flotation device for each person on board or being towed. • The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requires that all vessels have at least one Type I, II, or III personal flotation device that is USCG–approved, wearable, and of the proper size for each person on board or being towed. Sizing for PFDs is based on body weight and chest size.
• Michigan’s PFD law permits a vessel that is less than 16 feet long, or is a canoe or kayak, to choose to have either a wearable PFD (Type I, II, or III) or a throwable PFD (Type IV) for each person on board.
◆ In addition to the above requirements, one USCG– approved Type IV PFD must be on board vessels 16 feet or longer and be readily accessible.
◆ Michigan law requires all children under 6 years of age to wear a USCG–approved Type I or II PFD when riding on the open deck of any vessel.
◆ Each person under 12 years of age riding on or towed behind a PWC must wear a USCG–approved Type I or Type II personal flotation device.
◆ Each person over 12 years of age riding on or towed behind a PWC must wear a USCG–approved Type I, II, or III personal flotation device.
◆ Inflatable PFDs are not allowed onPWCs.
The Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and Responsibilities can be viewed here. Why not take time to review it. Have a fun and safe summer!!