Pier jumping into Lake Michigan faces ban
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 11 January 2014 08:25

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Berrien County officials are considering a ban on jumping from piers into Lake Michigan.

Some county commissioners say it would improve safety on the twin piers in St. Joseph in Michigan's southwestern corner. But critics say it's unnecessary.

The Herald-Palladium (http://bit.ly/1dDH51v) says commissioners held a public hearing Thursday. People who enter the water from the piers could be fined up to $250. Swimming would not be allowed within 50 feet except in cases of emergency.

A similar ordinance was considered in 2007 but there was much opposition.

Mark Parren has transported drowning victims as a paramedic. He believes the proposed ordinance is too vague and would be tough to enforce.

County attorney Donna Howard says other Lake Michigan communities have banned pier jumping.

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Information from: The Herald-Palladium, http://www.heraldpalladium.com


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