- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

SWANTON, Md. (AP) - An advisory panel is set to hear a request to lift restrictions on personal watercraft at Deep Creek Lake, the biggest vacation destination in mountainous western Maryland.

The issue is on the agenda for Monday’s meeting in Swanton of the state-appointed Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board.

A boat-rental business wants the state to remove a 25-year-old prohibition on the use of personal watercraft and hovercraft from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on summer weekends, and on Memorial and Labor Day weekends.

Aquatic Center owner Carol Jacobs says the rules create congestion and threaten boater safety by clustering the craft on the lake during a five-hour period.

A group called the Friends of Deep Creek Lake says lakeside property owners should be surveyed before any decision is made.

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