LakeAnnaLifeTimesJuneJuly2015 23 lake anna monsterPAGE Pictured left to right - Anne and Bill Heidig of Lake Anna Winery celebratetheintroductionof theirConcertoMerlotwithsonJeff Kate Bell wine maker Graham Bell and Disjointed Violin artist Jillian Holland June 9. Mike Vogan and Kyle Austin Let Us Count The Ways We Love Lake Anna The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect those of this publication. They are those of the writer and meant to elicit a response from our readers. If youd like to submit an essay for publication please email it to us at lkalifeearthlink.net Are we loving Lake Anna to death That question brings to mind the issue of crowd- ing. It is easy to think about the number of boats on the water and how hard it is to do relaxed boat- ing on a holiday weekend at Lake Anna. But I would like to consider the proliferation of interest groups not the number of boats. Recently the entire cove next to the State Park was approved to be a No-Wake zone. Clearly the State Park and its supporters are happy to reserve the Bay for protection of shoreline and for certain types of activities such as canoeing. However the bay is public water what right does one interest group the park have to chain off a bay to free access by boaters looking for a placid cove to teach children to ski or wakeboard Developers have long held strong positions around the lake to have few restrictions on every- thing from lot size to what can be built over the water. Competing with them has often been cur- rent residents and county planners whose interest is somewhat different. Recently the sport of wake surfing has drawn the ire of waterfront owners and practitioners of more placid sports like canoeing kayaking and paddle boarding. Anglers vs those towing tubes and skis or boards. Farmers vs those who dont like swim- ming with cows in the water. Dominion vs those wanting free access to the warm side or a bigger dock. Seaplanes and boats on the water. Residents vs day users. Folks who like a day on the water without intrusion of water police vs those who are concerned about the lack of speed limits and noise limits on the water. Some lakes restrict different kinds of users to different times of the day. Some lakes allow only counterclockwise rotation for towing sports. At Smith Mountain Lake they do boat density counts to inform management of crowding. I hope we are not there yet but it seems to be coming. The lake should provide opportunity for the wid- est range of users for as long as possible. Already some users are being crowded off the lake or re- stricted to non-weekend days. But we are still in an in-between time in which the problem is not that we have too many boats it is that we have too little respect for folks who have different interests than our own. Dominion owns the lake bottom. The public owns the lake. The problem is that some of the public seems to treat it as their own private lake to do as they please versus a shared resource. We may not be loving the lake to death but we are squeezing it hard. We can all help. It will help if we all stay clear of docks and people fishing. It will help if we are willing to take our sport to areas of the lake where it can be done with minimum in- trusion. It will help if we dont try to canoe across a busy channel. It will help if we all recognize that the lake is being pulled many ways by a grow- ing list of interest groups the lake isnt getting any bigger and they have as much a right to a public resource as we do. Doug Smith President Lake Anna Civic Association Lake Anna is revered for so many qualities its pristine beauty idyllic farmland visible from its shores abundant fish and wildlife relaxes life- style bright starlit nights and the list goes on an on. These qualities attracted us to Lake Anna and play a huge role in everything we love about liv- ing here. Clearly none of us want to lose that. So by promoting Lake Anna and attracting visitors and new residents are we loving it to death and destroying its best features Should we shut the gates and keep Lake Anna as Virginias Best Kept Secret so it doesnt get spoiled for its current residents As attractive as that may seem it would not be right to attempt to freeze ourselves in time in order to preserve a great place. Would you want to see Food Lion close its doors and revert back to the days when we didnt have a conveniently located grocery store How about waving a wand and making Asian Cafe Billikens BBQ our new dentist office and great veterinarian all disappear Will that keep Lake Anna a great place to live No. I totally understand the desire to preserve all that is wonderful about our lake and our lifestyle. The answer should be to proceed very very care- fully. For eons there have been people around the globe who view change as a bad thing. Progress does not have to be viewed as an enemy invasion and should not be treated as such. Nor should it be a free for all anything goes attitude. It is incumbent upon us to clearly identify and define what our vision is for the future of Lake Anna. What characteristics and qualities should we be preserving and protecting and what style and pace of growth will enhance our community over the long term We need a plan We can institute and implement smart growth according to a well thought out master plan. That should be our call to action We will fail if our plan is try to stop change. We can make the Lake Anna life we love even greater if we love it enough to carefully guide it into the future. Lets love it for life. Linda Fosdick Realtor Dockside Realty OPINION LAKE ANNA GLITTERATI LensHensphoto Two Lake Anna Sunset Concert attendeesthatfoundtheLKA Outfitters apparel display Ingrid and Tom Dupree oversee the Lake Anna Buiness Partner- ships Stuff The SUV Louisa Food Bank program held at this years Spring Festival. winners of the 2015 Lake Anna Cornhole Open with Lake Anna Business Partnership Vice President Jeff Martin.