PARADISE LAKES - The Washington County Board of Commissioners are expecting for a different kind of fireworks over Dunford Lake this Fourth of July holiday.


PARADISE LAKES - The Washington County Board of Commissioners are expecting a different kind of fireworks over Dunford Lake this Fourth of July holiday.



An email sent Wednesday to county officials by community's homeowners association stated residents will beef up security in the area, taking some measures the county says will violate the association's nearly 30 year old agreement with the county to allow public boating access to citizens who buy permits. The county believes the violation would come by adding regulation methods which were not previously included in that agreement.



"We have a gate operator under contract to repair our gates," stated Sam Striblin in the email on behalf of the association. " I will also have an off duty sheriff working July 4 and 5 to police the gate and ramp areas."



Striblin states the action comes in the wake of an increase in boaters speeding and drinking, and he's considering a key card system to use for the non-residents and increasing the $4 permit cost, which residents say is insufficient to adequately fund upkeep, security and enforcement, and the cost of the key cards.



" (with the new gate system) we will be able to track who is coming in and out and the time and dates they are in and out," he said.



Any new restrictions to the agreement would technically needed to be added through renegotiation, however. Existing restrictions include prohibiting boats with motors of more than 25 horsepower and speeds of more than 15 mph.



County Attorney Jeff Goodman stated he could not comment on the issue, but a review of the agreement shows residents may have inadvertently agreed to place the existing restrictions on themselves, rather than permitted users.



When listing restrictions, the agreement's language begins each restriction with "No lot owner or his guests or successors." The agreement makes no mention of non-residents who purchase permits.



The county and homeowner's association is expected to revisit the issue in the near future.