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Diving, swimming at HR port dock illegal

Warmer weather brings more people to the Hood River waterfront, and the Port of Hood River has issued a reminder that illegal activities could net a fine of up to $250 and possible removal from Port property.

An ongoing problem — jumping and diving off the cruise ship dock adjacent to the Nichols Boat Basin and the Hood River Event Site — will get additional attention this summer. Absolutely no public water access is legal from this dock, and anyone violating this restriction could be fined under the Port’s new Ordinance 22.

Ordinance 22 regulates conduct on Port land, Port waterways and Port structures. It addresses activities at specific sites, including the Port of Hood River Marina Park, Hood River Event Site, the Hook, the Spit and Hood River Interstate Bridge.

It regulates when and where certain activities are allowed, like walking pets off-leash and kiteboarding launch points. The ordinance identifies activities that are not allowed, including the ban of jumping off the cruise ship dock.

The cruise ship dock was not designed for swimmers. It is a dangerous place to swim because of ship traffic, submerged rocks near the shoreline and the dock’s height. “No swimming” signs are posted.

No one without the Port’s permission can walk onto, jump from, dive from or otherwise use this dock. Working with the Hood River Police Department, the Port plans to strictly enforce these rules.

The Port, however, encourages people to enjoy the existing swimming area at Port Marina Park.

The Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 22 by unanimous vote in May, and it took effect immediately. Violation of any part of the ordinance could lead to a $250 fine per offense. The ordinance gives the Port the right to remove any violators

Ordinance 22 is on file and available for public inspection at the Port office and the office of the county clerk. It can also be reviewed at www.portofhood-river.com

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