Before the summer slips away completely it's appropriate to commend the Cass County Sheriff's Department with its proactive decision to station deputies on land and water at Gull Point on Gull Lake on the Fourth of July.
The point was the site of a tragic drowning in the summer of 2008. Nineteen-year-old Nathan Awalt stepped off a drop-off into about 22 feet of water and didn't surface.
In addition property owners in the area have long complained that the Gull Lake boaters caused problems related to trespassing, littering and underage drinking. This year, identification checks were made at Gull Point to discourage underage drinking.
The results of the law enforcement presence and identification checks to discourage underage drinking were a success. The boaters were allowed to anchor off the point but were kept off private property. Officers said few citations were issued and no water-related incidents were reported.
Assisting Cass County law enforcement were the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, the DNR and the city of East Gull Lake. The collaboration made for a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend.
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