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Enforcement of no wake zones stepped up along Lake Ontario shoreline

Enforcement of no wake zones will be stepped up along the Lake Ontario shoreline where flooding has damaged homes and businesses, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sunday.

Local efforts will be assisted by 20 watercraft and 42 law enforcement officers from multiple state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Conservation; the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; theĀ Division of Military and Naval Affairs; and the State Police, according to a news release.

Cuomo announced in May that recreational boaters must obey a 5 mph speed limit within 600 feet of shore, instead of the usual 100 feet. Violators may be fined up to $250.

Waves created by boat wakes can exacerbate shoreline erosion along Lake Ontario, where water levels remain elevated and a state of emergency remains in effect.

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