Law enforcement confirms Lake George's Log Bay Day party is over
May 09, 2017 06:31 PM
LAKE GEORGE - It looks like Log Bay Day is a party with no tomorrow.
What started as a gathering for Lake George servers and bar tenders on a day when business is slow at area restaurants, has morphed into an annual booze fest with injuries and arrests.
"The incidents that happen on Log Bay Day in terms of violent offenses, drunken disorderly, boating while intoxicated, just that one day equals almost the entire rest of the year in terms of those issues," said Dave Wick, executive director of the Lake George Park Commission.
After 20 years, law enforcement says the time has come to end the party.
After a jury found Alex West guilty Monday of manslaughter in the boat crash death of Charlotte McCue, the Warren County District Attorney announced the party was over. "Log Bay Day is no longer. It's over," said Kate Hogan.
According to witnesses, West spent the hours before the crash, drinking and drugging at Log Bay Day.
The county sheriff wants it over too.
"Log Bay Day serves no redeeming quality to society," said Sheriff Bud York.
The Lake George Park Commission oversees and protects the lake and its users.
Its executive director says the DA is right---Log Bay Day won't happen again.
Dave Wick says they have strategies to prevent the party from happening, but he can't say yet what they are. In part, because he doesn't want to tip off the partiers.
"I'm absolutely confident that those strategies will work to end it and we won't be having another Log Bay Day on Lake George,"
Those who arrive by car and walk down to the bay will be in for a rude awakening. The Town of Fort Ann has banned parking on Shelving Rock Road which is the only place for revelers who drive and then walk to Log Bay, to park
The sheriff says it will be all hands on deck to make sure the party doesn't happen. The park commission saying law enforcement is an important part, but not the only key to shutting it down.
For those wondering if boaters will just move the party to another bay, that's not so easy.
Log Bay and the adjoining Shelving Rock Bay are the only shallow bays where people can walk into them directly from public land.
Updated: May 09, 2017 06:31 PM
Created: May 09, 2017 06:21 PM
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