Yes, it's important to protect the lake from further invasive plant life and pollutants, but most communities manage to do so without such seeming hostility to boaters. Our local governments should be encouraged to cut back on overly restrictive and blatantly unfriendly launch policies and add docks so that those using the park facilities can visit by boat. Even if public docks aren’t feasible, the village could put docking rings in the wall of the dike and perhaps around the pier.
Caz has long had a reputation for snobbism. Its treatment of visiting boats reinforces that belief. Many people we know who frequently sail and boat and dine/shop on other lakes don't come to Caz in the summer because we make it so unpleasant and expensive to launch and there is no place to “go.”
Like Skaneateles, we could encourage owners of classic wooden boats to visit — much as the Franklin car people do. If only we had a place for them to dock. In fact, Caz could have its own classic boat show — a huge draw of visitors and fun to look at — on a smaller scale than the famous one held each year at Skaneateles. You might be surprised to know that there are enough classic boats in Cazenovia to start our own museum.
If would be nice if our waterfront policies reflected the open arms we now hold out for other tourism opportunities.