BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (WCMH) — Sunday marked the deadline for homeowners to remove their docks along a portion of Buckeye Lake, where construction of a new dam is expected to begin soon.
At one point, approximately 300 docks sat along the 4.1-mile stretch of land.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources gave homeowners the opportunity to remove the docks on their own. The ODNR also offered to remove the docks free of charge and store them for up to 60 days, or destroy them.
By Sunday evening, a large number of docks still remained in tact.
“Some people are just really ate up with everything that’s going on, but when it’s said and done, it’s going to improve our property values,” said Doug Stewart, who is letting ODNR crews demolish his dock. “It’s going to improve the look of the whole area and I think it’s going to be Central Ohio’s greatest asset. Why couldn’t you be optimistic about that?”
In August, ODNR released a document containing frequently asked questions regarding the dock removal and dam improvement project on Buckeye Lake, which can be viewed below.