Deadline day: Few Buckeye Lake docks have been removed

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.

PDF: FAQ about Dock Removal at Buckeye Lake Final 083115 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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