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Survey Says: Majority of Franklin Lakes Residents Want Boating at Nature Preserve

Results of a borough-conducted online survey have prompted officials to introduce a new ordinance allowing for certain types of boating at the Reserve.

Most residents of Franklin Lakes would like to see non-motorized boating at the borough's Nature Reserve, and that has prompted the town's mayor and council to move forward on a new law allowing it.

That's according to results of a town-wide survey officials released via an e-blast Friday afternoon. The online survey asked residents whether or not "car-top" boats be allowed at the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve.

According to the update from the borough, it received 571 responses and 356 comments on this question in one week. 

Of the responses, about 82% in favor of allowing car-top boats at the Nature Preserve and 18% not in favor of allowing car-top boats, the release said.

"This survey process has given the Mayor and Council an opportunity to solicit meaningful input from residents. Given the overwhelming majority response to this survey, the Mayor and Council has decided to introduce an ordinance that will permit boating at the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve at its February 18 meeting," officials said. 

"The ordinance will allow for small non-motorized "car-top" boats or similar watercrafts, such as canoes and kayaks. No trailers will be permitted. The ordinance will also provide several additional regulations for the use of these boats."  

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