Gananoque Poker Run set for weekend

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Gananoque is gearing up for the 1000 Islands Poker Run this coming weekend.

And poker run organizers will have access to the PUC docks for overnight dockage, town council decided during a meeting last month.

The 1000 Islands Gananoque Poker Run is scheduled to run Friday and Saturday.

Participants are permitted on the boats overnight. Town staff has required that the organizers of the poker run submit a final list of all boats with boat lengths provided, no later than 14 days prior to the event start date.

Council also gave the manager of community services the ability to grant all future requests for this exemption for future poker run events, as well as all other similar event organizations that request use for the overnight exemption.

The 1000 Islands Poker Run will start and end in Gananoque. The event has requested 50 slips at the Gananoque Municipal Marina. Only 30 slips are available, however, event organizers were working with the town special events co-ordinator and recreation and marina co-ordinator to ensure the event runs smoothly.

The 1000 Islands Gananoque Poker Run has been hosted in Gananoque for a number of years. Council heard that the goal is to continue to support the event in Gananoque and determine solutions to address the shortage of dock slips for the event.

Docking options have been considered in a variety of other locations, however, no appropriate solutions have been found.

Further, rafting (tethering to other boats in one slip), is not permitted. This is to minimize potential damage to the docks that results from the extra drag pressure from the weight of two boats.

The community services staff and Police Chief Scott Gee had discussed the potential of using the PUC docks to address the requirement for additional slips.

Staff will put up "reserved" signs on the docks to ensure the PUC docks are reserved for poker run boats from the morning of July 8 to midday July 10.

The Gananoque Municipal Marina daily docking fee is $2.28 per foot. This will be charged to all boats docked in the marina and at the PUC dock locations.

(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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